Afghan Arabia Wild
by John M. Regan
Updated Thursday 26 October 2017
Wounded Warrior Project
Devoted to the Wildlife of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia
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Welcome to Afghan Arabia Wild. This website is dedicated to the wildlife of Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The politics and war of these countries are well known, but forget about that for a while and focus on something far more fascinating - their natural history and wildlife. The Saudi desert teems with reptiles, birds, and a wonderfully unexpected array of mammals from fox to baboons, and spectacular display of fossils. Despite decades of war vast areas of Afghanistan remain wild and open. Camel spiders are familiar inhabitants of the country but so are bears, monkeys, and hyenas. So come on in. Immerse yourself in the unique wildlife of two very intriguing countries that have a lot more to offer than a daily headline of bad news.
THE EURASIAN EAGLE OWL
Thanks to my recent visit to the World Center for Birds of Prey I was able to see and photograph a bird that has haunted my memory for a long time. About 2008 or 2009 while prowling around outside of Camp Lindsey in Kandahar, Afghanistan I chanced upon a small, long ago deserted mud house. Often referred to as traditional homes in Afghanistan these structures are common there and are surprisingly sturdy and long lasting (you can see why in the photo). This one, however, held a special surprise. As I rounded the corner of the building I came face to face with a huge owl perched on the roof. Not wanting to disturb the beautiful bird I stood shock still and stared at the it for several moments before slowly reaching for my camera. That was enough. The enormous owl flew off and I was not able to get a photo. Never able until now. The World Center for Birds of Prey have a beautiful specimen on display as you can see from the pictures above. The Eurasian Eagle Owl is an impressive avian. With a body length of over two feet and a wingspan exceeding 6 feet you understand why the bird made such an impression on me, especially during such a close encounter. As if to emphasize its magnificence the bird flew right over my head.
Some day I pray that this gorgeous country will be at peace and the whole world can see its beauty: AFGHANISTAN'S BEAUTIFUL GREEN ZONE!
Ah! Those were the days:
I never dreamed that camels would suffer like this from the Middle East situation
Saudi Traffic Jam
You need to be careful driving in Saudi Arabia. Sometimes you run into unusual traffic situations. These guys really think they own the road.
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