This is only the second picture that I have taken of a sparrow in Bahrain. Let along that, I have never actually spotted these tiny little creatures more than a few times. That’s what happens if one stays holed up within the four walls of a high-rise apartment building or stays within the confines of a big city’s congested neighbourhood. The only other time I photographed a sparrow was just about a year ago when it was in distress and we carried out the great rescue act (http://singhcircle.com/2014/06/17/a-little-bird-and-the-sea/) in Busaiteen. After that, this one appeared as out of nowhere on a tleafless tree in Manama. And, the ‘sighting’ was exciting, even more so since I had the camera on me at that time. Yes, Bahrain is quite a haven for birds of all kinds but not in the cities and certainly not in this terrible weather. That is why this Summer Sparrow is rather special!
I took these pictures this afternoon from my fourth floor kitchen window as I arrived home from work.
As the food heated, I wondered what these men might have had for lunch – or whether they would have eaten at all.
I also wondered why we forget how much hardships for some people, while others seemingly have life easy, with all the comforts that can be.
This even when we know our lives would be nowhere near what we consider normal, or comfortable – without these workers, who make sure that we live ours the way we want.
The weather’s not very hot as yet but the sun’s beating down at 30 degrees C. These brave men, however, carry on nevertheless, and will keep doing so, even as we sit comfortably in air-conditioned comfort, and enjoy a hearty meal.
But, the, reality momentarily dawns as we look out of the window – and realise there are others out there – and they, too, are human.
This is what the Arad Bay Protected Area looked like this evening – dry, barren, dirty and not a bird in sight.
Normally, there would be scores of migratory and local birds swarming all over, whether or not the tide is there or not.
It’s not that our migratory friends have left for cooler climes because it’s not ‘summer’ yet in Bahrain so what could the reason be?
Is it pollution? Is there something in the Bay that has driven the birds away? Or is it just the ever-changing weather pattern that is the culprit.
Whatever it is, there’s something amiss. Someone should say what it is. Because this is certainly not the Arad Bay we know – and would not want to know.
The BD10 million natural sanctuary and park was opened by His Majesty King Hamad’s Personal Representative and Public Commission president Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa in January 2010.
The aim of the project was to turn the bay into a natural park for marine plants, fish, prawns and migratory birds.
The park includes Bahrain’s biggest walkway at 3km, pathways and gardens, in addition to children’s games, medical facilities and shops.
Seasonal flowers in full bloom on the street walk on a crisp winter morning in Bahrain’s capital, Manama.
Such colours are seen only in the cold months, particularly in January and February, after which it starts to get warm.
The extreme desert heat after that makes it almost impossible for such beauty to flourish.
It was a blisteringly hot evening yet again but that did not stop this bunch of children fool around on a “hillock” at the Busaiteen coast. But the way they were literally dragging a most unhappy-looking dog with them was not a pleasent sight. The well-fed, but visibly uncomfortable, mutt tried its best not to follow the pack of kids on the climb up but finally gave in after a bout of tugs and pulls.
The poor creature obviously would have been happier ensconed in the air-conditioned comfort of his master’s bedroom but that was not to be because the children (and that, too, boys) wanted to have some fun.
I felt sad at the way man’s best friend had been hopelessly outnumbered in this case, even as I thought about our own pet, Tyson, who refuses to be even taken for the customary evening after meal walk and rushes indoors seconds after completing his “business”!!