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Dubai’s wildlife

Back in 2018, we took a short trip to Dubai. One of the highlights of any trip to the UAE should be a desert safari. We had to partake of that! The desertscape was so serene (as long as you’re hydrated, I guess). The safaris usually take place in the late afternoon and end in the night.

The following were a few glimpses of the wildlife that inhabit the barren land. Although it’s not exactly completely barren as someone who hasn’t really seen a desert. 😀

The Arabian Oryx is one of 4 Oryx species; the other 3 reside in Africa (one of which is reportedly extinct in the wild with only captive populations surviving). The Arabian Oryx was also once thought to be extinct in the wild but conservation and repopulation efforts have led it to be one of the very few species to get recategorized as “vulnerable” from “extinct in the wild”.

This large antelope species has straight, parallel horns which look like a single horn from the side and folklore has it that this led to the legend of the unicorn.

The falcon is a majestic raptor, though smaller in size that the golden eagle of the Himalayas. Falcons are prized birds and a much-loved symbol among the Arabs. They can be tamed and used for hunting and are known for their speed, loyalty, and courage. Though I couldn’t capture a clear frame of this trained falcon against the sky, the one usable click I did get gives some idea about the speed of these fliers. One falcon species, the peregrine, is the fastest living creature known to hit 390 kph (that’s 242 in mph); the much bigger golden eagle hits 320 kph (198mph).

Back to the Arabian falcons, a recent auction recorded a price of $173,000 for one bird!


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


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