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Birdland - Leila Jeffreys

Hardcover

Published: 10th November 2015
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Fine art photographer Leila Jeffreys captures the beauty and diversity of some of our most colourful and elegant feathered friends.

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 soir e; 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.

Sydney-based Jeffreys works with animal rescue and conservation groups to create her portraits. Her love and compassion for her subjects is evident throughout, and every bird has a story, which Jeffreys shares in a profile of nearly every species in the back of the book.

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 many-splendored 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.

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    We have this beautiful book on our coffee table and open it to a new page every morning to admire another lovely bird. Delightful.

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      This book was given to a Doctor who is heading back to America after three years in Queensland, he is a bird lover and has expressed absolute joy in being given this book he said it is spectacular and he will cherish it always not only as a gift but as a reference and educational guide. in his words Fantastic.

       
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      Fascinating, engaging, beautifully photographed and researched. A complete gem for bird and nature lovers.

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        Wonderful colour plates of birds and interesting stories of each subject.

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            This book is so beautiful the bird photographs are truly amazing, this is one I will treasure for many years.

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            ISBN: 9780733631061
            ISBN-10: 0733631061
            Audience: General
            Format: Hardcover
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 192
            Published: 10th November 2015
            Publisher: Hachette Australia
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 30.9 x 24.5  x 2.3
            Weight (kg): 1.42
            Edition Number: 1