The park at Al Areen

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…

Bahrain’s very own wildlife

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…

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…

Death of a turtle

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…

‘Gentle’ Bully

  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…