Photographer Leila Jeffreys has had a fascination with animals and birds since she was a young girl.
"My dad loved the outdoors so my brother and I, by default, had a pretty outdoorsy upbringing," she said.
Her recently published photography book Birdland is a collection of detailed portraits of birds, set against clean backdrops.
The minimalist compositions guide the eye to the details of the birds – the layering of plumage, the complex and varied textures of feathers and the tonal variation in their often-bold markings.
Trained as a photographer, Jeffreys moved away from commercial work to be a photographic artist.
"A passion for birds started to drive me to travel to places where I could marvel at wildlife and, of course, a camera came with me," she said.
Working with birds meant finding wildlife carers willing to assist Jeffreys in her quest. Having a good interaction with each bird was very important for Jeffreys in capturing a good portrait.
"Looking through the book is a bit like looking through a family album. There are deep, personal memories on every page," she said.
"The hardest portrait to capture is one where a bird is not engaging with me or where a bird won't keep still! Finches are a great example of this, they are so hard to photograph!"
"Most humans live such urban lives, so I hope this is a reminder of a connection we have to wildlife."
Birdland by Leila Jeffreys is published by Hachette Australia, RRP $49.99.