Weekly Photo Challenge – Free Spirit

To me, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Free Spirit is about birds.

I love birds, and with the flame trees in flower, they are everywhere.  It doesn’t really make them any easier to photograph, but here are some of those I’ve managed.  And whether they are in flight or not, to me, a bird epitomises the term Free Spirit.  So they are ideal for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Kookaburras in Hyde Park – not normally so still and accommodating to the amateur photographer:

Pelican and seagull at Matilda Bay – & the seagull is the one showing real freedom of spirit here, but the reflection shows there is not, despite the alarm on Mr. Pelican’s face, any danger of a collision:

My local songbird and master of the domain (including the fluffy fat cat!) – a willy wagtail singing his little heart out:

& a magpie lark, high above Beaufort street, oblivious to all as he preens his wing feathers:

Parrots: Port Lincolns: sitting still and also, not so still:


Singing honeyeaters in green leaves, washing & just sitting:


Wattled Honey eaters at Matilda Bay:


Wattled honey eaters in the flame tree around the corner:


Singing Honeyeaters in the flame tree around the corner:




And flying – this is what they usually do.  I spend ages watching & waiting, and sometimes, they do this – which makes me laugh because they are so lovely to watch.  Free spirits indeed :-)


At sunset: singing honey eaters:


And finally, my own little free spirit – here showing her little scamp side :-)

I guess I could’ve gone for sunsets, for trees, and they are indicative of the Free Spirit too, very much so, but for me, at the moment, it is birds (apart from my sweet little fat & fluffy cat).

I hope you enjoyed my entry and I’m looking forward to seeing others.


as more entries become available, I’ll list them.

50 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Free Spirit

  1. This week’s photo challenge is big and throughout my life, few places have made me feel as small as the Northern Territory of Australia.

  2. elspethc says:

    I like these – especially the pelican and the wagtail singing. Birds somehow evoke free spirit because it feels like they can fly when they want to.

  3. Judy says:

    Wonderful shots of birds! I’m amazed at all you have! I find them very hard to capture so clearly as you have! I also believe that birds make awesome “free spirits”. Thanks for the ping back.

  4. Madhu says:

    Can’t get enough of the honey eaters and the flame trees. And that Willy Wagtail :-)

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  6. niasunset says:

    WOW! What a beautiful photographs… you are amazing dear Keira, I loved them all but you know the last one is my best, always, :) Thank you, have a nice week, love, nia

    • Thank you, lovely Nia :-) & yes, the last one is the most cuddlesome, beautiful free spirit of them all :-) And this morning, she’s being a playful little scamp :-D Keira xx

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  8. Great shots – my favorite is the singing willy wagtail!

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  10. marviiilous says:

    I enjoyed it! :) Beautiful free spirit captures! The last (not-)little one is beautiful too.

    • Isn’t she just! And all the birds. YEs. Gorgeous free spirits who are spending most of their time at the moment doing the spring thing :-D Thanks, & i’m glad you enjoyed it :-0

  11. Colline says:

    Enjoyed looking at the pictures of the flame flowers – a really beautiful red. And of course looking at the free spirits who visit in them.

    • thanks – & yes, those flame flowers are gorgeous. They’re going now. And when they do, the wee birds will find somewhere else for their nectar – I just hope it’s in range of my lens :-)

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  13. your black cat is my favorite!

  14. frizztext says:

    your black cat is my favorite!

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  16. eof737 says:

    Lovely selections. ;-)

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  19. Jo Bryant says:

    I loved your entries and can’t think of anything more free spirited than kookaburras

  20. bulldogsturf says:

    Free spirit indeed, the bird photos are fantastic, and you’re lucky to have them so close by, (just around the corner) the parrots, are they indigenous to Aussie?? Love this post, cause they give me trees and birds my favourites… love it.

    • :-) The parrots are Australian natives, but not native to western Australia. They’re Port Lincolns, from South Australia & bring disease and unwanted competition to the natives which are very endangered because of habitat & food loss. Nonetheless, they are pretty and noisy and fun to watch :-) & glad you liked the post.

      • bulldogsturf says:

        I should have asked earlier, do you also get the Indian Myna there??

      • I believe they’re creeping in, but they’re more in the eastern states rather than here. I think they watch for them, like sparrows (& I love & miss sparrows)

      • bulldogsturf says:

        A pest in Africa destroying so many other specie of bird… impossible to get rid of…

      • yeah – similar prolem in Victoria, I know. Still – I grew up with them, so can’t hate them…

      • bulldogsturf says:

        Maybe I should start taking photos of them… and they’ll fly away…lol

      • :-D & I’ve realized I was thinking of another Indian feral – not the mynah. No – they’re not in WA at all. The one I was thinking of is a real worry though – Indian crow. And here’s a (rather beautiful) parrot that’s also starting to show up. I’ve even seen one here: indian green parrot. Probably released from an aviary. Not a good thing at all.

      • bulldogsturf says:

        Ok now we’re talking about birds I don’t know, but I did read that a certain parrot was becoming a pest on the eastern side of Aussie, and wondered where such a explosion of a certain specie could come from… and now it’s just dawned on me… probably like the Myna a bird in a cage that has escaped and now we sit with the result…

      • I’m not sure. There’s many parrots in Aust, and because of the rains over the last few years on that side of the continent, maybe numbers of parrots have exploded. I will have to look it up. But yes, many of the ferals – at least here – are due to either accidental or deliberate release. Liek some of the squatic pests causing havoc amongst turtle & fish populations.

  21. danajoward says:

    I love bird watching, so I love your Free Spirit photo challenge :)

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  23. Wendy Strahan says:

    Just wonderful photos Kiera :) Quite majical indeed :)

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