In 'Birdland', Australian fine-art photographer Leila Jeffreys presents us with a bird-watching experience like no other, drawing birds out from their leafy shadows and airy territories and presenting them to us with the skill and intricate detail of a portrait painter. The result is a stunning encounter with some of the world's most beautiful birds.
On display are fine feathers of all types. Eagles in burnished battle armor, cotton candy-pink cockatoos, owls in spangled evening wear, and the finches and parrots who couldn't settle for just one or two colours, so chose the whole palette instead.
Captured in a moment of stillness, Jeffreys's feathered sitters reveal qualities and features that invite human projection. Meet the sociable gang-gang cockatoos Commander and Mrs. Skyring, always up for a soiree; the dignified and kingly black kite Fenrick; and the adorably gamine Pepper, a southern boobook owl with impossibly huge eyes and irresistibly cute skinny legs.
There are working birds, like Soren, the wedge-tailed eagle, who patrols areas to prevent cockatoos from damaging buildings and lorikeets from overindulging on sugar on hotel balconies; Blue, the orange-bellied parrot who is part of a breeding program to increase the population of this critically endangered species; and Sirocco, New Zealand's kakapo conversation superstar.
'Birdland' invites us to rediscover birds, to gaze unhindered, and to marvel at their glory.
About the Author:
Leila's commitment to vulnerable creatures stems from her childhood. Born in Papua New Guinea to an Indian mother and a Manx father, Leila grew up communing with wildlife: rescuing an orphaned possum named Albert in Papua New Guinea; living in a small village in India surrounded by monkeys, mongoose and buffaloes; living on a houseboat in Kashmir watching kingfishers diving for their dinner; and taking classes alongside a resident giant spider in the school room.
After her family moved to Australia, her father always in tune with the needs of wildlife would often bring home injured birds and nurse them back to health, and she credits her late father for her love of nature. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and son.
Dimensions: H 31.2cm x W 24.4cm
Publisher: PQ Blackwell
Publication Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 192