As a child photographer, Leila Jeffreys was taught to take in wounded animals, particularly birds, and nurse them back to a healthy state. It was through experiences like this that Jeffreys grew a personal fascination and even greater appreciation for the intricacies of these creatures.
And now she’s paying a tribute of sorts to her knowledge and love for those animals, by bringing owls, eagles, budgies, cockatiels and more into her studio to showcase their varied personalities.
The portraits are so full of personality that the birds almost look like they’ve taken a trip to the taxidermist, but each are alive and chirping — even the Magpie below who is goofing off by ‘playing’ dead.
The results may seem simple in composition and lighting, but it’s the simple nature of these images that allows the sass, or indignation, or sadness, or pride to shine through and help us to see these birds as individuals and not just another random animal:
Image credits: Photographs by Leila Jeffreys and used with permission