Crocodile encounter at Sungei Bulog Wetland Reserve

on 2nd February 2019

Jean-Pierre Bousquet’s excellent photos of a tailless Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was documented at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. The above shows the crocodile posing with a fish jumping out of the water. One wonders whether the fish was the target of the crocodile or was it hunting prey himself?

On the mudbank, the crocodile above is shown gaping widely with a Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) posing by its side. Below, it encounters the stork face on (below). Was that a missing opportunity for the crocodile?

Our wildlife consultant Subaraj Rajathurai has this to add: “The birds are Milky Storks that originate from the Mandai Zoo. They are free-flying escapees that are constantly at Buloh.

“This particular crocodile is called Tailless (or No Tail). He is the dominant crocodile with the Sungei Buloh Besar. When young, half his tail was bitten off by another crocodile but he somehow overcame his handicap to become the main crocodile on the river!

“There are many inspiring stories of humans overcoming their handicaps to succeed but here is one about another species, in the wild!”

Jean-Pierre Bousquet & Subaraj Rajathurai
26th January 2019

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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