Bird Love (Hardcover)

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Rarely do we get to see more than fleeting glimpses of a passing bird, hardly time at all to appreciate their nuances. Lucky for us, Leila Jeffreys has captured over 150 images of a wide variety of birds, providing the opportunity to peruse their unique colors, patterns, textures and expressions.

From pastel pink to electric teal, the variety of feather colors is astounding. (Major Mitchell's Cockatoo is now my inspiration for the next time I color my hair). Equally as impressive are the textures and patterns of the feathers: smooth, sculpted, tufted, fringed, spotted and striped. While most pigmentation and feather structure can be seen as logical evolution, some of these birds are so utterly flamboyant you'd swear they are off to Rio for Carnival.

Jeffreys has also done a masterful job of capturing their expressions, each true to their being: proud, stoic, inquisitive, and sometimes daunting. These elicit emotion and instantly give you insight into their true character.

Bird Love isn't only for bird lovers. There is much inspiration to be gleaned from these natural beauties. -- Cheryl R.

— From Beautiful Gift Books - Holidays 2015


Fine art photographer Leila Jeffreys captures the beauty and diversity of some of our most colorful and elegant feathered friends. From the exotic birds of her native Australia to those of North America, Jeffreys seems to delve into the very souls of these creatures with her stunning and evocative portraits. Jeffreys works with animal rescue and conservation groups to find subjects to photograph. Her love and compassion for her subjects is evident throughout, as she captures their personalities in her delightful portraits; Commander Skyring the Gang-Gang Cockatoo, Dexter the White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Mrs. Plume the Budgerigar, and many others are as whimsical as they are beautiful.

About the Author

Leila Jeffreys began documenting birds by way of photographic portraiture as a personal project in 2008. Since then she has photographed hundreds of birds, and her work has been exhibited widely throughout Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

Praise For…

“Showcases dozens of exotic examples from around the world.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“Each photo manages to capture the birds’ personalities, making them seem almost human.”

— mental_floss
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419718458
ISBN-10: 1419718452
Publisher: Abrams
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
Pages: 204
Language: English