This is the migrating reason and we are seeing the arrivals of many shorebirds in Singapore. The following video clips were sent in by Lena Chow, documented during September 2012 feeding along Singapore’s shores.
The Sanderling (Calidris alba), an uncommon winter visitor, was sighted in Seletar busy feeding (above). It breeds in Siberia, Alaska, Canada and North Greenland and migrates as far south as Singapore, Java, Bali and Australia.
On the other hand the Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), also seen in Seletar frantically feeding in the Lesser Sand Plover’s (Charadrius mongolus) territory (above), is a common winter visitor and passage migrant. Its breeding grounds are further south from those of the Sanderling.
The Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), another common winter visitor and passage migrant, arrives in early August, with the main flock coming in September. The bird is seen handling a crab in the video clip above.
The Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) (above) is not a migrant but a rare resident, seen here having a bath in a puddle of water.