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Wood Sandpiper bathing, preening and feeding

on 8th July 2009

Lee Tiah Khee’s February 2009 images of the Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) show the bird taking a bath in the morning (above), after which it dries itself and preens its feathers (left).

This bird is a common winter visitor and passage migrant. The first significant-sized groups reach Singapore by the end of July, with waves coming through in August to January. The bird departs from February to April back to its breeding grounds in the Palaearctic region.

In their breeding grounds, this sandpiper generally takes aquatic insects. Elsewhere, all types of insects and their larvae, spiders, worms, crustaceans, molluscs, small fishes, frogs and sometimes seeds are taken. Method of foraging includes gleaning, probing or sweeping its bill through shallow water or soft mud. It can also catch flying insects from the air.

In the image on the left, the sandpiper has just caught an aquatic invertebrate in its bill, to subsequently swallow it.

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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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