Feeding frenzy and rice left for stray dogs

The following images show how different species of birds interact…

The image above was taken at Singapore’s Pasir Ris Farmway 3, showing, from left, a Baya Weaver (P. philippinus), an African Golden-backed Weaver (Ploceus jacksoni) and a Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis), all feeding on a packet of rice.

The images above and below were taken further down Pasir Ris Coast Industrial Park 6. The Baya Weavers and Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) were having a feeding frenzy (above) and the party was abruptly broken up with the arrival of the Common Mynahs (Acridotheres tristis) (below).

Dog lovers tend to leave packets of rice for stray dogs in rural areas, sometimes even in parks. The rice will be eaten by the dogs or even birds, as Lim Sheau Torng found out in July 2012. Any uneaten leftover will be taken by insects like ants or eventually biodegrade. The problem arises when these packets of rice come in plastic bags that contribute to the bulk of plastic materials that remain as permanent trash until they are removed by cleaners or some volunteers. Should dog lovers read this, can they please wrap the rice in biodegradable materials or dispose the plastic bag properly so as not to unnecessarily pollute the environment?

Lim Sheau Torng
November 2012

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