Black Bittern

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Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)
Tampines, 9th January 2018

This Black Bittern had died so recently that the body was still warm to the touch, and the blood was still bright red and had yet to coagulate. It is possible that it died after flying into a nearby building. The carcass was passed to David Tan, as part of his research on bird mortality in Singapore.

 

Daily Decay (10th January 2018)

Daily Decay (10th January 2018): American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) being scavenged by Destructive Trailing Ants (Trichomyrmex destructor) (?) @ Tampines

Daily Decay (4th January 2018)

Daily Decay (4th January 2018): American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) being scavenged by Destructive Trailing Ants (Trichomyrmex destructor) (?) @ Tampines

Equatorial Spitting Cobra (Naja sumatrana)
Tampines Eco Green, 2nd December 2017

Oriental House Rat (Rattus tanezumi)
Tampines, 22nd May 2017 and 1st June 2017

One and a half weeks after this dead Oriental House Rat was first seen, all that remained were its skull and several other bones.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus malaccensis)
Tampines, 27th July 2017

American Bullfrog (Rana (Aquarana) catesbeiana)
Tampines Quarry, 11th September 2016

Two juvenile American Bullfrogs were found along the shore of the lake in Tampines Quarry. They were alive when first spotted, but had died by the time they were seen again an hour later. The other individual was featured in an earlier instalment of Daily Decay.

Young, newly metamorphosed American Bullfrogs are widely sold in aquarium shops in Singapore as live food for large predatory fishes, although it’s possible that these juveniles are also purchased to be used as bait for anglers, or are deliberately released by well-meaning people who do not understand the ecological harm that can result from releasing potentially invasive species.

Common Snakehead or Aruan (Channa striata)
Tampines Quarry, 1st January 2017

Chinese Pond Mussel (Sinanodonta woodiana)
Tampines Quarry, 26th June 2016