Market Day

This pick-up truck is weighed down with “tonnes” of used clothes, books and other articles that are being taken to the famed “Friday Market” in Bahrain’s Isa Town. This is a common sight on the streets around the venue every Thursday afternoon when the temporary market opened for business. Over three days, people can buy…

Love at high tide

This pair of flamingos were spotted in the waters off Bahrain’s Tubli Bay. Not unusual but very uncommon during the summer months when most migratory birds make their annual trip back home to the cooler climes of Siberia and Western Europe. The bird “season” in Bahrain begins from the end of September until April, after…

No Eid for these birds, is there?

It’s festival time in Bahrain. The Eid Holiday is ongoing. People are out in their hundreds of thousands, meeting relatives and friends, greeting one another, shopping, going to malls, parks and eating – generally having a great time. But as I wandered into the Old Suq in Manama, I saw these frightened chicken crammed into…

We even have ostriches

This is one creature I never expected to see in Bahrain. I had been told there are “dozens” at the Al Areen Wildlife Park far away in the desert but had not “seen” them in so-called flesh and blood. However, when I had time to kill on a trip to the area, I drove towards…

They are back

They are back! Bahrain’s annual vacationers – the migratory birds – have returned! The first real sign of the weather easing up, cool evenings and mornings, is our feathered friends on the Arad coast. Taken this evening, this picture conveys just the start of the winter which, experts say, will be “severe” this time round,…