Well we are back from another tour and how good it was!! From a meeting with the Colt from old Regret, to viewing the mobs out on the plains, getting up close and personal with the resident crew and Two stallions putting a bit of a show on..... just for us I may ad, we just couldn't have had a better experience for both photography purposes and being able to experience these magnificent creatures within their own habitat.
Day one, consisted of an afternoon session and as we heading out on foot we came across a glorious mob of Mares and foals with their Stallion having a siesta in the afternoon sun, how pleasing it was to view to come across them almost immediately, along with them all being so nice and relaxed.
As the afternoon went on, sightings were abundant, but nothing like experiencing the shrill of a Stallion out yonder and looking up with the realisation that he is galloping straight at us, there is only one Stallion that shows this type of behaviour and I have dubbed him the colt from Old Regret. Now you may remember him by my other Blog entry the Black Stallion with a star and snip, full of charisma and everything that you dream a Brumby should be, well he graced us with his presence once again, I may also add that it wasn't without drama and in the same exact fashion that he graced us the very first time. He Galloped straight for us, postured for a minute, then seemingly decided that we were ok, spun about and galloped off in the complete opposite direction, leaving all that witnessed him in complete awe!! I will do a separate entry for this fella so keep an eye out for it over the next day or two.
Day Two we were up at 6am to catch the first rays of sun coming up over the horizon, Though we were surrounded by Brumbies off into the distance we were not close enough for any good photography. As we started to make our way towards a mob near a tree line one the fellow photographers spotted a Brumby behind us, as we turned to view who it was, we noticed not one but the two resident Stallions coming down the hill to check us out. Not only did they check us out and decide that we were ok, they put on an early morning show for us, these two Stallions run and manage the same mob together and have done so for many years (at least seven that we know of) they often reconnect with each other with a squeal and a strike or two.
We then had the opportunity to get up, close and personal with the resident mob, they had not been around for a number of days so, to grace us with their presence on the final day was a true treat. The guests had the ability to photograph a curious foal and youngster along with some mares. To have the ability not only to experience but to share the Brumbies with you all, within their own environment, feeling comfortable and not at all threatened by us, is honestly a true privilege. For more photos of my the trip, feel free to check out the Alpine Brumby Gallery.