19 October 2010


The Common Sandpiper (scientific name: Actitis hypoleucos) is commonly seen at mangrove mudflats of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, in flocks foraging amongst the muddy ground for their food.

This sandpiper was seen by me flying and landing onto the muddy grounds of the monsoon canal along Pasir Panjang Road when I made my way for lunch a few days ago. After it landed and I whipped out my camera from my bag, I had a hard time trying to find it amongst the canal base because its size and colour blended so well into the background. Finally I found it.

What brought it in? Why was it alone? How does it keep its white feathers so pristinely clean in the mud? I don't have the answer.