Archive for wildlife

Beat it big boy … already done da ‘ting

Posted in Animals, Dubai, Middle East, reflection, UAE life and culture, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 17, 2010 by leginsky

Saw this guy this morning, but I think he’s barking up the wrong tree (or whatever the peacock equivalent might be).  He seems to be trying to impress this lady, but can he not see that she already has her chicks, and is probably too busy to succumb to his obvious charms.  (Please click on the picture for a better view – it’s a bit fuzzy) 

Better luck in a month or so!

Advertisements

Around Dubai

Posted in Animals, Dubai, Middle East, reflection, Travel, UAE life and culture with tags , , , , , on May 2, 2010 by leginsky

Graffiti!  Something not seen in Dubai much.  However, this art installation in DIFC features graffiti – what does “fry, fry, fry” and a deep-fried bird-house mean?  Maybe you’re not supposed to deconstruct this stuff…

And an advertisement that is normal here but controversial elsewhere … Shah Rukh Khan, the most famous movie star in the world, telling all Indian men ..  be white!  Can be tough depending on your genes …

Better stick to the animals.  Although there can be cross-cultural experiences there, too.  Here, a cat finds consortium with a goat.  And, at 30 degrees, it is not for warmth.

And a weird bird with a whacky head-dress seen in my neighbourhood

And, ah yes, the peafowl chicks.  Clearly, the dancing, prancing and preening of the peacocks has worked …

Desert Donkeys

Posted in Animals, Middle East, reflection, Travel, UAE life and culture with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by leginsky

Much attention is paid to the camels and goats in the desert. So it should be.  However, one must not forget the humble desert donkey.  Check these out seen on a recent trip to Um Al Quwain.

Something peaceful about these guys.

Desert Drowning Dove

Posted in Animals, Dubai, Middle East, reflection, UAE life and culture with tags , , on April 21, 2010 by leginsky

Not three words you often see in the same sentence.  On my trot around the neighbourhood this morning, while passing the goat pen, I found a laughing dove (no, he wasn’t laughing at that particular moment) drowning in a pan of water in the desert.

Soggy Dove

He still looked fairly alert (i.e., not dead yet) so I effected a rescue.  I was separated from the dove-and-pan by a fence.  I found a stem of a palm frond (not hard in the desert) and reached it through the fence and lifted the dove out of the pan. 

The implement of rescue, inserted through the fence.

He was soggy but still alert (i.e., not dead yet).

You see a picture of him outside the pan. That nose is the nose of an inquisitive goat who had to sniff the dove to see if he was food.  At that point, it appeared the goat answered that question in the negative.

This was not exactly Jack Bauer stuff.  I did not have to torture anyone to find out the location of the dove-in-distress.  No one was kidnapped to prevent the rescue.  Defusing the dove did not result in a device being disarmed.  However, it was a more interesting morning than usual, which may speak volumes about my mornings.

I had to leave as I had a hearing to chair and could not wait to see the dove fly away, die or instruct  a crow as counsel to commence a lawsuit against the careless farm owner who left such an unattended nuisance.  It could also have been that the goats decided to have a quick game of dove tossing , with Mr. Dove participating as a little grey shuttlecock.  Don’t know.  I’ll have to stop by tomorrow to see what or who’s left.

How do you manage a tail like that?

Posted in Animals, Dubai, Middle East, reflection, Travel, UAE life and culture with tags , , , , on March 23, 2010 by leginsky

Peacocks & Climbing Goat

Posted in Dubai, Middle East, reflection, Travel, UAE life and culture with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by leginsky

Today in my neighbourood, it was peacock day.  They were everywhere. Please click on the pictures.

Peacock in my 'hood

 

 Here is a back view showing his tail ….

Front view

And a front view.

Peacock & harem

 

It seems these boys have their harem.  Their job, among others, is to hoot like a goose & a cat when you approach them.

And for comic relief, here is a goat showing how handy the ridges are in a palm tree for getting a step up in life!

Goat climber

Getting Hot!

Posted in Dubai, Middle East, reflection, Travel, UAE life and culture, weather with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by leginsky

I think the hot weather is coming fast.  It was warm today. (Please click on thumbnails to get the picture)

Dubai Sun

Sun is starting to feel strong, although as it’s March, we still have cooler days.

Camel & Bird

Camels are laying down in the heat.

Peacock in shade

Peacocks are in the shade.

I’ll have to get all the camping and beach-going done soon before it gets too darn hot!