Bird brain and sea brawn

This sparrow thought it could weather any storm. Well, not quite. When the wind was at its howling best and the tide at its highest, the little creature could not take it any more. At one moment, it was ‘hopping and skipping’ and, at another, it was in the water, struggling to stay afloat. That…

Colours of the summer

The summer is upon us. Day temperatures are already in excess of 37C and its getting warmer. Yes, in these “trying” times for vegetation, the garden is in bloom. Well, not really, since there are only a few flowers and shrubs that are thriving. The hardy bougainvillea is one of them and so is the…

Go, went… going!

The summer is upon us in Bahrain. And the folks of migratory birds that flock to this tiny island throughout the winter are on their way out – or are they? These few seagulls and a solitary (what looks like) stork were all that were visible on the Arad coast, which is normally “infested” with…

The Sun Rises at Al Dar

The ever-glorious sunrise at Bahrain’s Al Dar Islands – one of the perfect getaway’s on the weekend. A short boat ride from the mainland, it’s a dream destination, with its luxury chalets, open air restaurants and lots of song, dance and barbecue. We have had the privilege of visiting several times, most notably when the…

Looking Out

Bahraini youngsters on a pier look at the Manama skyline as they prepare to settle down for an evening of fishing off the coast of Muharraq. With the sizzling summer weather easing, particularly late in the evening, such scenes will become even more commonplace in the days and weeks to come.