Wood Sandpiper feeding behaviour

Wood Sandpiper feeding behaviour.
T. Ramesh.
T Ramesh
Wood sandpipers ( Tringa Glareola) are uncommon migrants to Singapore . When they migrate they prefer to be at shallow freshwater wetland. They feed on aquatic insects, worms, spiders, shellfish, small fish.
On 23- Sep-2018, I spotted a lonely wood sandpiper along the construction site at Kranji Sanctuary Golf course .  It caught a small fish and kept poking at it while bobbing its tail continuously. I noticed the bobbing was intense when its head was down ( See video link below). In between, it washed its prey at the puddle of water few times. Once prey was swallowed , it drank water from the puddle  as if to gulp it down the throat .
Probably it was it’s first meal of the day Satisfied with its breakfast the Wood Sandpiper walked off daintily.

3 thoughts on “Wood Sandpiper feeding behaviour

  1. Chris Kenyon

    Couldn’t find a good place to post this but thought that you would like to know that there has been a female green-backed flycatcher at Berlayer Creek for the past 10 days or so. I managed to get some reasonably OK photos after failing to get what would have been a superb one if I hadn’t have had the lens focus delimiter activated! (the bird was only 3 metres away at the time). My name is Chris Kenyon by the way – I met you and many of the other Singapore birders during my ‘winter birding migration’ from the UK earlier this year. I’m back here doing the same for this winter. Today was my first day back, so a successful one, although in the case of the green-backed flycatcher I was acting on a ‘tip off’ from my daughter who saw it in the same spot on September 22. She also saw a Blyth’s Paradise flycatcher at Berlayer on the same day, but in that case she was acting on a tip-off from me. I recorded the Blyth’s there (female) in October, November and December of last year and then in April this year, on a quick trip to Berlayer during transiting Singapore, I was astonished to see and photograph both male and female Blyth’s.
    Chris Kenyon



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