Wood Sandpiper– feeding and prey during migration

on 13th February 2017

SandpiperWd-feeding-migration [AmarSingh] 1

“The prey taken by Wood Sandpipers (Tringa glareola) during migration is poorly recorded (Wells 1999). I had previously posted them taking Dragonfly larvae. I recently had an opportunity to watch at close range. The current account and video show feeding behaviour and some more prey taken.

SandpiperWd-feeding-migration [AmarSingh] 2

“Wood Sandpipers are usually solitary when feeding/on migration. Predominately feeds on a mud flat or in shallow water.

SandpiperWd-feeding-migration [AmarSingh] 3

“Generally probes and pecks for prey. May pick up aquatic vegetation while feeding (below) and often washes prey to remove other material and vegetation (above, composite of consecutive images).

SandpiperWd-feeding-migration [AmarSingh] 4

“I observed numerous feeding episodes (very active feeding) but prey identification is difficult. I am certain of a mollusc (small snail, top) and a water larva or worm (second from top).

“Video of feeding behaviour here:”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
20th December 2016 & 2nd January 2017

Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, wetlands

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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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