Pacific Golden Plover catches a worm

posted in: Feeding-invertebrates, Waders | 3

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.

3 Responses

  1. TanTS

    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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