Dr Sarah Engledow plays wingman to Leila Jeffreys.
Knowing even a bit about birds, we know they don’t get dressed. What they’ve got on, they don’t put on. In Leila Jeffreys’ photographs, every bird is naked - and entirely comfortable with it. Yet, as I look at them, I keep thinking of words like 'raiment' and 'livery'.
Australian based photographer Leila Jeffreys portraits of native Australian birds are the perfect art choice for injecting a dose of personality and happiness to any interior design scheme.
Leila is not only a photographer she is a ‘bird whisperer of sorts’ and has a way with birds which puts them at ease and allows her to truly capture their unique personalities, whether it is inquisitive ‘Pepper’ the Southern Boobook Owl or the cheeky smile of ‘Mrs Skyring’ the Gang-Gang Cockatoo.
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Wings of Desire
Leila Jeffrey's mesmerising photographs of birds – in pictures
A turkey vulture with an inquisitive eye, a catwalk-ready corella and a screech owl striking a pose … Jeffreys’ book Bird Love showcases her images of birds from Australia to America. Here she describes some of her favourite avian encounters
12 Charming Photos That Let You Get Up Close And Personal With Birds
Audubon, by Xander Zellner
Leila Jeffreys’s portraits offer a clean, unique perspective on dozens of spectacular species. Birds are incredible to look at from any angle. But seeing them up close, with each feather and feature in fine detail—now that’s something special.
Sydney-based photographer Leila Jeffreys is well known for her striking portraits of Australian native birds, and much respected for the lengths to which she will go to find, meet and document her subjects!
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Birdland: Photographer Leila Jeffreys captures birds as individuals in bold and intimate portraits
ABC Radio, Louise Maher
As a child, fine art photographer Leila Jeffreys was "obsessed" with animals.
She was born in Papua New Guinea and lived for a while with her parents and brother on a houseboat in Kashmir, India. As she grew older, she became "a back garden birdwatcher — I would notice them at home," she said. "That's probably tapping into a love of wildlife, and the fact that birds are probably one of the last remaining [types of] wildlife that we can see in our cities and suburbs."
Leila Jeffreys’ wonderful book, Birdland, presents some of Australia and New Zealand’s most beautiful birds. The intimate photographic portraits, as well as being a showcase of incredible artworks, also highlights Jeffreys’ ongoing work with Australian rescue birds and their carers. And opens up discussions about the conservation issues facing Australia’s birdlife.
Australian portrait photographer Leila Jeffreys does an uncanny job of capturing her subjects’ personalities. Her subjects just happen to be the feathered kind. And how does she make a falcon or wild cockatoo pose for her? She waits.
Gang-gang. Smile please. Canberra launch of a book of posed bird portraits
Ian Warden, The Canberra Times
Trust me (for I am a journalist) when I report that each fowl of the latest batch of Bush Stone-Curlews introduced to the Mulligans Flat Woodland fox-proof Sanctuary has been given a human name. So for example there is a Kay, a Macca, a Malcolm and even (please trust me in this for I belong to a profession dedicated to the truth) a Myfanwy.
Oh my. Today's interview is truly one of the most wonderful, though provoking profiles we have shared... hands down one of my absolute favourites. Incredible Sydney based wildlife photographer Leila Jeffreys answered all our questions in the most generous, thoughtful and candid way - both Lisa and I have been completely transfixed by her responses.
Sometime late last year I attended an inspiring talk featuring 6 extraordinary women on the Australian design scene, all of whom pondered the question “Does good design matter?”. Leila Jeffreys was amongst these women, and it was the first time I heard the story behind her work.
Portraits of Birds Ruffling with Personality by Leila Jeffreys
Christopher Jobson, This is Colossal.com
To say photographer Leila Jeffreys had an eclectic upbringing would be a bit of an understatement. With a mother from India and a father from the Isle of Man, she has lived in Papua New Guinea, a house boat in Kashmir despite an ongoing war, and in an Indian village surrounded by buffaloes, mongoose, and monkeys.
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Purdy Hicks Gallery is delighted to announce Leila Jeffreys' first solo exhibition in London.
Leila Jeffreys (born 1972, Papua New Guinea) has for many years photographed native Australian birds including Cockatoos, Budgerigars and Finches. She works alongside scientists researching endangered species; her profound ornithological knowledge and extensive travel are intrinsic to her work. Jeffreys' search for a conscientious way to photograph birds has given her projects from early on an inherent rigour.
One of the travel stories from real living that has stayed with me was written and photographed by Leila Jeffreys. It was her second visit to Christmas Island (an Australian territory that's in the Indian Ocean and has been proclaimed by Sir David Attenborough as a "must-visit" destination for its wildlife).