Bar-tailed Godwit @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

on 29th September 2013

“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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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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