Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Rural Retreat

Have been "off the blogging grid" for the past 2 weeks due to a delightful horse & house-sit commitment in the Adelaide Hills.  It was a beautifully peaceful semi-rural 20 acre property within a half-hour's drive of the Barossa Valley and the birdlife an absolute treat.
Following are some images captured during the stay which I hope will give you
"a taste" of the environment . . . .
A pretty New Holland Honeyeater
I haven't yet identified this one, but it was singing so beautifully !
Early morning mist across the countryside
A neighbour's horse grazing
One of two horses to be fed
..... and the other
An inquisitive, alert rabbit
....  together with other members of its family!
A Grey Fantail shaking off after a bird bath
Here it is again with another (as yet) unidentified feathered friend
 and here, caught mid-air
a creative piece of work
Let the sun shine !
A Silvereye sharing the bath with its neighbours
one of many Red-browed Firetails who visited each morning
The shape of this was fascinating - I wondered whether it was a dead Sunflower?
Aahhh - I could go on and on about the photographic delights this past two weeks offered,
but will exercise some unusual restraint instead and share these images with you all at
Again, with gratitude to our hosts.


Anonymous said...

What lovely rural shots!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

All very idyllic and wonderful. I've never heard of anyone "horse-sitting" before but it looks just the job for me!

Valerie said...

John: thankfully I wasn't required to ride them or muck out their stables (although I would have done the latter!) but we did become good at communicating with one another before the time was up!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful variety of beautiful birds. The landscapes and lighting are beautiful. I love the horses! Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Linda W. said...

What a wonderful place to stay! Loved all your wildlife photos, especially the ones of the bunnies. :)

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful bird collection, like the honeyeater.

Nora said...

Your birds in Australia are so exotic and colorful. The horses you did some backlit and they turned out extraordinary! Really nice photos.

Anu said...

Hello! A Silvereye look so fantastic! It is a new bird to me – I don’t have seen even photo of it before that.

diane b said...

Beautiful captures of your wallow in nature.

Nathalie H.D. said...

What a wonderful stay it must have been! I lived in Australia for almost 7 years and visited several states and the N.T. but not S.A. so the Barossa valley remains a dream for me. I delighted in your photos.

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - your mystery bird is a Grey Shrike-Thrush (pretty sure on that!) and they do have a wonderful voice.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Chris Rohrer said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! Those firetails are awesome! What a beautiful world you inhabit! Glad you out and about enjoying life! I wish I could help with the ID but I don't know those birds....yet:)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! I love the horses and the bunnies. The birds are pretty too. Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

How idyllic and such gorgeous shots.

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