There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. ― James Carroll

These photos were taken at a local bird hide which looks out over a lake. It’s very peaceful there, although not always quiet. Breezes rustle through the reeds, frogs croak, insects buzz and the chirps and calls of various water birds break the silence.


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African Darter ©WMB/

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African Darter – close-up of wing feathers ©WMB/

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Little Grebe (Dabchick) ©WMB/

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Pied Kingfisher ©WMB/

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Cape Bulbul ©WMB/

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Cape Weaver ©WMB/

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Little Brown Bird? ©WMB/

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Red-billed Teal (left) and Blacksmith Lapwing (Blacksmith plover) paddling in the shallows ©WMB/


If any of my bird identifications are incorrect, please leave a comment!

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22 Comments on “Tranquillity”

  1. June 23, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Those are lovely photos, Lisa and Willie; they exude peace and tranquility.

  2. June 23, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Great pics! And also great to see you back in action!

  3. June 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m so happy to hear from you, Lisa! Hope you are well. The photos are STUNNING!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • June 24, 2014 at 8:48 am #

      Hi Kathy! Glad to hear from you too. 🙂 I thought people would have forgotten about me by now. So nice to see my “old” followers responding. Need to catch up on all your blogs too.

  4. Gian Banchero
    June 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Thank you very much that I can share my morning coffee with “tranquility”, beautiful, restful…

    • June 24, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      Thank you for your comment Gian. I’m glad to hear that you could sense the tranquillity even though I can’t spell it! 🙂

  5. June 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    So nice to see your blog in my in box again!!! Lovely pictures!

    • June 24, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Betty! Thanks for you kind comment. Am going to be visiting your blog too to see what you’ve been up to.

  6. Estie
    June 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Great pictures and so nice to have you back!

    • June 24, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks Estie! I really hope I’m back. Am going to try and blog once or twice a week.

  7. Eha
    June 24, 2014 at 3:38 am #

    A huge hug to you and Willie! Clapped my hands when I saw the post 🙂 !! AND do love those beautiful photos . . . . Hope your winter is not turning out as cold and windy as ours after a brilliantly warm autumn!!!!!

    • June 24, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      Hi Eha! Really lovely to have you visit my blog again. Our weather has been really weird. Some days are proper cold, wet winter days. Others feel like summer with the hot, dry winds we have at this time of year. It’s been much windier here too this year – which is freaking poor little Rosie (the dog) out.

      • Eha
        June 25, 2014 at 3:41 am #

        Oh Lisa – I DO remember Rosie . . . so hope she may want to comment about her life sometime soon also . . . .love and hugs . . .

      • June 25, 2014 at 11:26 am #

        Rosie’s very keen to do a new post soon! 😉

  8. Madoqua
    June 24, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Lovely to have you back, and what an incredible post! Stunning photos, the closeup of the bird wings so real, you could nearly reach out ………..
    Winter has certainly arrived with a vengeance after a delightfully mild autumn in southern Aus 😦

    • June 25, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Thanks for the kind comment! 🙂 I’ll be over to your blog soon to check up on what you’ve been up to.

  9. June 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    So nice to see a post from you. Beautiful photos and beautiful birds. Tranquility is the perfect title for this post.

    • June 25, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks Jackie! So nice to get such a warm welcome back from everyone. Wish I could have included the sounds at the lake – they are really soothing.

  10. June 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    I’m so glad to see you back again, and with such gorgeous photos. It’s interesting seeing birds from the other side of the world—very like ours, but not quite. When I saw the first darter pic I thought “type of heron” but then I saw the spreading wings and thought, “nope, cormorant!”
    And of course, a little brown bird is a little brown bird everywhere.

    • June 25, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks for the welcome back! 🙂 There are cormorants at the lake too. I had a previous post called “The Bird Hide” ( which you can check out for photos of those. They are quite similar birds to the darters.

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