Australian professional pet and wildlife photographer Alex Cearns meets and photographs over 1300 different creatures each year. One of the subjects she loves to work with is birds. She finds them quirky, colourful, beautiful and full of personality – and her stunning bird images in her latest photo series, called Bird Face, reflect this. Alex aims to capture shots of their sweet faces filling most of her frame, as she feels this instantly conveys their character and shows their sentient nature, stating that “The cheeky glints in their eyes and the range of colors and details in their plumage are best seen up close.”

Birds are very smart. They can learn tricks and mimic sounds and behaviors. They all have their own little senses of humor and get such joy out of simple things like their favourite fruit, a select toy, or playing a special game with their beloved human. Alex shows us this intelligence through her portrait photographs.

Many of the birds in Bird Face have been rescued and rehabilitated by a dedicated carrier, which means many of the birds in this series would not have survived without the compassion shown to them by a wildlife rescue volunteer. Those able to be released back into the wild are given their freedom when they are strong enough. Those not able to be released either live their lives as education birds at wildlife rescue centers or move into safe release areas or aviaries.

TECHNICAL INFO – All images were captured using a Canon 1DX camera body, a Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC USD lens at ISO 100, 1/200th second, f13, and Elinchrom studio lighting and were taken by Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio.

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Rainbow Lorikeet

Red Capped Parrot

Female Red Tailed Black Cockatoo



Tawny Frogmouth

Wedge Tailed Eagle

Baby Major Mitchell


Sulphur- Crested Cockatoo

Juvenile Raven

Blue Penguin

Baby Pink and Grey Galah

Male Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

Caspian Tern

Adult Pink and Grey Galah