This rather surrealistic view of a park at Bahrain’s Al Areen Wildlife Reserve conveys the feeling one gets when relaxing there on a lazy weekend afternoon. While the reserve attracts thousands of visitors, this corner, surprisingly, is deserted, with most people in the midst of the hundreds of migratory birds, for whom this place is home in the winter. Continue reading The park at Al Areen
This is Bahrain’s very own wildlife park with its “native” wildlife. The Al Areen Wildlife Park is a nature reserve and zoo, in Sakhir. It is one of five other protected areas in the country and it is the only designated protected area on land, in the country. The park covers a total area of 7 km sq and was first established in 1976. Species native to Bahrain, … Continue reading Bahrain’s very own wildlife
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 the park and along the perimeter. And this is what … Continue reading We even have ostriches
This is what remains of a large turtle that died after strangling itself on discarded mono-filament fishing line carelessly discarded by fishermen off the coast of Bahrain’s Sitra island. Mo, the manager at the exclusive Al Dar Island resort, was on a trip in the area on Saturday morning when he saw the fairly large reptile (75 cms across) floating in the water near the … Continue reading Death of a turtle
Pelicans are aplenty at the Al Areen Wildlife Park in Bahrain and mix freely with the hundreds of visitors. However, they do not like being teased and provoked and can become extremely aggressive. These three shots show just that. While the obviously gentle birds are seen going about their business in two of the pictures (above and bottom), in the third (top), a little … Continue reading ‘Gentle’ Bully
This grizzly cub was seen playing to the galleries at the Al Aren Wildlfe Park and Reserve. Easily the star attraction, this playful creäture was the cynosure of all eyes during the weekend holiday rush at the reserve. Continue reading The Untyring
Saw this interesting scene at the Al Areen Wildlife Park, Bahrain, where, apparently, a male duck was aggressively “claiming” his companion from competition! He was successful after a very brief struggle and the couple happily sailed away! Continue reading Lover Boy!