Bar-tailed Godwit @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

“Spotted this uncommon winter visitor, [the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)] on 11th September 2013 at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, with its distinctive bi-coloured and slightly upturned bill (above: foreground). It was in the company of Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) as is characteristic of this species (above: background).

“While this Godwit may prefer Whimbrel company, the converse is not always true, this video shows the Godwit being chased off a few times by some unfriendly Whimbrels (above).

“Most times however, it happily feeds side-by-side with Whimbrels, although it has a noticeably bigger and seemingly unsatiable appetite (above).”

Lena Chow
13th September 2013

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