Pacific Golden Plover catches a worm

on 4th December 2009

TS Tan sent in a dramatic image of a Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fluva) catching a polychaete worm, taken at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in October 2009. With such a long worm, the plover will need some maneuvering to swallow it. At the same time there will be a possibility of the worm being snatched by another bird.

These plovers are common winter visitors and passage migrants and can be seen in large numbers through October-November and January-March. However, they can be seen in small numbers any months of the year. The birds congregate in mudflats, marches, along rivers and even on golf courses and open fields. They feed alone or in large flocks on insects, spiders, molluscs, worms, crustaceans and sometimes seeds and berries.

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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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3 responses

  1. Thank you for your kind words,Eileen.I was lucky that day when the action and lighting came together while observing the activities of these beautiful migrants at SBWR

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