Beautiful Science

It is flooding the oceans, poisoning wildlife and invading the food chain. Singapore, too, is not immune to the plague of plastic, as nature photography enthusiast Jean-Pierre Bousquet well knows. In this photograph, taken at the Sungei Buloh Wetland
PHOTO: JEAN-PIERRE BOUSQUET

It is flooding the oceans, poisoning wildlife and invading the food chain. Singapore, too, is not immune to the plague of plastic, as nature photography enthusiast Jean-Pierre Bousquet well knows. In this photograph, taken at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve this month, a collared kingfisher shares its perch with a bag commonly used for takeaway drinks. "We see images and videos of plastic everywhere, but here at home, it is even more prominent, especially when, in the limited space of our little red dot, we go to parks and reserves and are once again assaulted by the sight of plastic," said Mr Bousquet, 51. "It is not only painful to see, but also a constant reminder of the danger to wildlife," added the broadcast and new media sales professional, who has been documenting wildlife and how it is affected by pollution on his blog https://www.facebook.com/lanceflareblog?ref=hl for more than three years. "The photo shows that beautiful bird and, lurking just below, a deadly trap that could kill or poison it. And it will not disappear or disintegrate any time soon."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'Beautiful Science'. Print Edition | Subscribe