Oct 21, 2007

Mudskipper Morning

This morning, November and I decided to visit Chek Jawa with some special friends. It was such a relaxing leisure trip. The first in a long long while where we could just stroll and not stress out documenting.

Although it was high tide, the shores were very much alive! With mudskippers of all manner.

Some were well mannered.
Like this peaceful group of a Gold-spotted mudskipper (Periophthalmus chrysospilos) (lower left corner) and several unknown mudskippers.

Others were rather bad-mannered. As this pair of quarreling mudskippers.
I'm not really sure what kind of mudskippers these are. Both were flushed, eyes bulging and flashing their dorsal fins! Ooo...

Further in the back mangroves, there were small Giant mudskippers (Periophthalmodon schlosseri). There were several of them skulking in the cool mud. I almost missed them as they were so small and still.

Also among the mud were some strange red-eyed crabs.
I'm still trying to figure out what they are.
This one was particularly handsome!

And finally! I spotted the Blue-spotted mudskipper (Boleophthalmus boddarti)!
It wasn't really large, and was quietly grazing by moving its head from side to side.

Here's another look at it from another angle.It's such a pretty mudskipper! I saw it once while I was guiding and thus couldn't take a photo. And when we did go out to photograph it on another visit, we couldn't find it again. How nice to finally see it and get a shot. Unfortunately, it was rather far away from the boardwalk so I couldn't get a really nice photo of it.

Mudskippers are such endearing and amazing creatures!

Besides the marvellous mudskippers, the other highlight for the day was breakfast of fabulous Only-on-Sunday and Only-on-Ubin Lontong served at Pak Ali's shop at Ubin Jetty. I still can't believe that November had never tried it before.


Monkey said...

there are many things that monkey has never done before! :D

Anonymous said...

such a nice interest and god bless you