Clash of the Common Sandpipers

on 21st December 2009

“A pair of Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) was observed in August 2009 having a squabble at Seletar Mudflat. Before this picture was taken they were chasing each other over the mudflat for a good two minutes. Then everything got heated up and they starting fighting with their feet. The fight ended when one was pinned down momentarily by the victor!”

Tan Tze Siong
18th December 2009

An earlier post shows a pair of usually peaceful Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) fighting over a feeding territory. The birds usually indulge in a “mandibular clash” using their long bills to settle a territorial dispute. In the above image the two Common Sandpipers are confronting each other using their feet, and most probably also their bills.

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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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4 Responses

  1. “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. (William Blake, 1799, The Letters)

    “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.” (John Muir)

    Your nature blog is quite inspirational and fascinating. I look forward to following you!

    Dean Leh

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