This week, renowned Australian photographer Leila Jeffreys opens “Prey”, a powerful exhibition of hunter bird portraits, to follow on her highly successful past series of Australian budgerigars and cockatoos.
Eagles, buzzards and hunting owls (among other birds of prey) have been beautifully captured, in all their personality, in this latest exhibition. Some appear stern and formidable, while others reveal their vulnerable, shy, gentle and affectionate sides. These works fundamentally challenge the common perception of birds of prey as simply being severe, discerning predators.
“Prey is a celebration of what makes Australia special and is a reminder that one of our biggest assets soars in the skies above us.” – Leila Jeffreys, 2014
The collection has taken over two years to complete – with Jeffreys working closely with the carers of these creatures to develop this body of work. As the unsung heroes of conservation, the birds’ carers work on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Australian native birds. Working closely with Paul Mander of Broadwings, a raptor training, rescue and conservation centre in Queensland, Jeffreys was able to meet and photograph many native birds of prey, each with their own personalities and quirks.
“These birds are the sovereigns of the skies but they are also at the mercy of misfortune.” – Jeffreys, 2014
Check out the exhibition at Olsen Irwin, from 10 – 28 September 2014