This time we decided on studying swamps. I've not really recorded our studies except for this entry Book study on Swamp where my children squabbled! heh heh.. Well, so our study actually began by several visits to different mangroves in K Selangor, Setiawan and P Ketam. Then we borrowed several books and bought a video about mangroves (Magic Schoolbus), where we learnt about why mangroves were important, and what the habitat consist of, and the different species of trees found in mangroves.
To complete the study we decided on a field trip, and for that we decided to head towards Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary which is "made up of different wetlands consisting of rivers, mangrove islands, mudflats, estuaries and fringes of mangrove forests along the coast,"(Mangroves of Kuala Gula). We went on a really lovely boat ride watching birds and just enjoying the serenity of the place. We did not see as many migratory birds as what we saw at Kapar Power Station, but we saw a great variety of birds! I've never seen so many different species of King Fishers in my life! and the amazing amount of Kites, Egrets, Herons, Lesser Adjutant and migratory birds of course.
The following day we visited the Matang Mangrove Forest and Mr. Chuah's Carcoal Factory where we just recapped all we've learnt. Some pictures
|Getting on the boat at K Gula|
|Egrets sitting on floating fish farms|
|fisherman checking on shrimp nets (I'm sure you know, was messing around with photoshop on this one. Water is clean but not as blue as this.)|
|Brahminy Kite collecting twigs|
|King Fisher-Pic taken by @Lim Puay Aun|
Since we were there, we decided to pop by the Chinese Fishing Village, where we saw how dried prawns and belacan was made.
|(Colored) Dried shrimp and salted fish|
|Making Belacan out of dried shrimp and salt|
|Trying a hand at debarking a tree|
|entering the kiln|
|Wood is steamed in the kiln. You can see where the steam escapes the kiln|
|Wood is stood on stones to allow thorough and equal steaming on all sides of the wood|
|After a long process of steaming and drying approximately 32 days in total, this is how the wood looks. If you turn it up, you'll see gleaming, shining charcoal|
|Read to be weighed, chopped and packed.|
Matang Mangrove Forest -Largest Mangrove Forest in Malaysia
|new root growing|
|roots growing already|
|Just for fun, my kids looked for a shallow area where they planted the seedlings they found|