Common Greenshanks – Preening Interrupted

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Common Greenshank

“In a cosy corner of the wetlands, where the water was calm, clean and clear, a mixed flock of migratory waders were engrossed with communal bathing and preening sessions. Amongst them were Common Greenshanks (Tringa nebularia) (above).

Common Greenshank

“By the time I was able to give them some attention, they had already completed their bath and were busily preening and scratching themselves (above, below).

Common Greenshank

“However, they were rudely interrupted when an obnoxious Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) intentionally invaded their private space, just like an annoying Peeping Tom (below).

Common Greenshank

“A video clip of this behaviour may be previewed below.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
4th May 2019

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