Only a small group of 8 people, including 2 members from Selangor, came for this trip in the Segari-Melintang Forest Reserve at Pasir Panjang beach. Unfortunately, due to miscommunication, a family of 4 missed rejoining the group after leaving to buy breakfast in Pantai Remis.
We had hopes of finding the endemic White Balau tree (Shorea lumutensis), the reason why this reserve is ranked a High Conservation Value Forest. As none of us were foresters, this proved quite a task and even with the help of pictures of the bark and leaves, we could not locate any and had to be content with knowing that the tree is in there somewhere!
(Video by Dr.Chan Kai Soon)
Anyway, we enjoyed the relaxing walk along the shady track through the tall trees, with occasional stops for photography and birding. Birds were few but one co-operative Crimson-winged Woodpecker provided close views as it pecked away unafraid. We exited at 1130hrs and drove to the nearby turtle sanctuary where we had a hurried lunch, due to the hordes of flies eager to join us! Later, we went around the turtle breeding tanks and took pictures of the photogenic baby turtles and then left for home.