Wood Sandpiper – with prey

on 31st January 2015

“Large number of Wood Sandpipers (Tringa gladiola) in these extensive padi fields that have just been planted.

“Congregated in flocks of 25-30 all over the area. Sometime shard to spot in the green fields.

“Prey during migration is poorly recorded. Spotted one bird taking a large prey from the mud. At first I thought it was small brown frog, but examination of images suggest 6 legs and more likely a large insect.

“A short recording of calls made when flushed HERE. Wells 1999 describes them as ‘fii-fii-fiif’.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
22nd October 2014

Location: Ulu Dedap, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Extensive rice farming area with nearby rivers

Addendum: Dr David Wells commented that “…Some kind of exopterygote insect because lumps on its body are most likely developing wing buds. Maybe a bug or dragonfly larva of some sort.” Amar added: “One of my bird watching colleagues suggests it is a Dragonfly larva.”

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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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2 Responses

  1. Lovely Sandpipers!
    I believe the insect prey is a dragonfly nymph, which would be an inhabitant of rice paddies. 🙂

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