Wood Sandpiper– feeding and prey during migration

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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