Plover stalking marine worms I

on 18th May 2009

Irfan Choo documented a sand-plover preying on a polychaete worm. The plover was tentatively identified as Greater Sand-plover (Charadrius leschenaultii), although it may well be a Lesser Sand-plover (Charadrius mongolus).

The polychaete worm in this series of images was surprised when it emerged from its burrow, to be immediately picked by the plover (above and below).

The food of these plovers include beetles and other insects and their larvae, molluscs, polychaete even worms and crustaceans.

The bird feeds on mud or sand on interttidal mudflats, wading in the shallow water to forage. It may stalk worms in their burrows.

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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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