Leslie Joseph a.k.a. sirkopio came across a Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) dangling from a discarded fishing line in May 2009 at Bidadari. So upset was Leslie that an appeal was made in the NaturePixel.org forum reminding amateur fishermen to be more responsible and not discard their used lines all over the place. Earlier, Leslie had a similar encounter but the tangled bird was saved. Not this time as it was too high up and probably already dead when he saw it.
John Vickerman responded: “Yes, graphic pictures once again telling an all too common and tragic story of global proportions. As you rightly say, NEVER just throw ANYTHING away. Always safely dispose of unwanted items. If it’s a tin can, a polythene bag, string or nylon line (or any thread), some creature is likely to get stuck in it with usually fatal consequences.
“And it’s not just on land that there is a problem. Many billions of birds, fish and mammals roam the seas of the world – and we all know the problems that face dolphins and albatrosses to name but two. For evidence of the traps awaiting any sea-going creature just look at the tide-line of any shore anywhere in the world. It beggars belief what gets heaved into the seas of this planet!
“Education… education… education… It’s a long slow process, but there’s no excuse for doing nothing. Wider publication, especially in schools, of just these kinds of images can go some way to getting messages across about responsible disposal of waste items.
“Truly evocative and emotive pictures Sirkopio – I hope they can be put to good use in schools or any other educational centre concerning conservation issues.”
This is the fourth post on birds strangled by discarded fishing lines. Our earlier two posts were on herons strangled in Singapore’s West Coast Park and Punggol Park. The third post was about an owl entangled at the Lower Peirce Reservoir that was eventually rescued.
This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.