Travelling throughout her childhood, photographer Leila Jeffreys had an incredible insight into the natural world. As a child she lived with her family in a house boat in Kashmir, surrounded by monkeys, mongoose and buffaloes. Taking inspiration from her late father Richard, and his love of the planet and all of its life, Jeffreys has also travelled the world, helping scientists study endangered birds on Christmas Island, capturing moments at the World Budgerigar 'best in show' competition, and photographing migrating birds across Europe...
"My father was from the Isle of Man. My mother from India. My brother was born in Australia and I was born in Papua New Guinea. The four of us had many wonderful adventures." Her time in India exposed her to all types of wildlife, "I remember school excursions in India sitting by the river studying kingfishers diving for their dinner and everyday we would check in on our giant spider that lived in the school room."
After moving to Australia she often rescued birds and wildlife with her father. "These were magical times and I still love travel, wildlife and photography". It was well studying in Sydney where she now lives, that she fell in love with photographing wildlife, developing in particular a huge passion for birds.
Wanting to convey the beauty of these stunning creatures that is often overlooked due to their small size, she began capturing beautiful shots of Australia's native Budgerigar in the same style as a human-portrait.
You can see the love and respect that Jeffreys has for the subjects of her work, capturing their beauty in a way that only someone with an understanding of our world can.