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Must-See: Amelia Anderson’s Bird Photography is Utterly Amazing

I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with birds. In decor, at least. The real things spook me out a little. But when they’re captured on camera and transformed into stunning bird photography, they make my heart race for all the right reasons. My current bird obsession is taking place via Aussie artist Amelia Anderson, whose phenomenal bird photography is absolutely second-to-none.

Bird photography by Amelia Anderson on The Life Creative

Amelia Anderson’s Bird Photography

Growing up on a hobby farm in Torquay, and now living with her husband Will and two children, it’a fair to say that Amelia is a nature lover who draws inspiration from what’s around her on her one-acre property in Bellbrae.

“We have chooks, ducks, two dogs, a cat, budgies and our newest addition – a quaker parrot,” Amelia tells me of life with her family.

“We all love the outdoors and having pets, but I think I’m the main reason why we have so many. I’m like a big kid with animals, I can’t help it! I’ve always been an animal lover”.

When I ask Amelia how she captures the amazing wildlife that dominates her work, she jokes, “I download them from stock photography sites. Ha! Just kidding. I just take my camera along with me everywhere we go. Most of the photos have been taken either in the wild, at wildlife parks or at my house”.

Amelia goes on to explain that she likes to spend a bit of time with the animals before she photograph them; a way of building trust with her subject and observing their personalities.  And when you see her work, you do get a sense of that personality coming through (her Barn Owls, below, is a perfect example of this, and I love the moment she’s captured here).

 I love the textural impact my bird photos can make to a living space,” Amelia tells me. “Their feathers add another dimension and depth to a room. They can instantly make a sterile room feel cosier. I like to think the artworks ‘bring the outside in’.”

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“Through photographing these birds I came to appreciate their sense of self and their carefree nature. These were things I had personally struggled with, so being around these birds was so uplifting at such a low point in my life”.

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The Public Can’t Get Enough Bird Photography

 Thankfully for those of us eager to get our hands on Amelia’s bird photography, she finally unleashed it on retailers and trades at a Melbourne trade show last year – and the feedback on her bird photography, in particular, was overwhelmingly positive.

“And after that I would have been silly not to continue taking photos of birds. Since then I have photographed ‘Black Betty’ the red-tailed black cockatoo and ‘Cupcake Pinkie’ the galah, which have both been huge successes. I am currently working on some more artworks that I will be releasing in August at the next trade show”.

Amelia tells me that her passion for photography started early and that her penchant for getting up to no good as a teen, and consequently being sent to boarding school in year nine, was actually what got her on the creative path she’s on now.

“My parents thought that sending me to boarding school would get me back on track,” Amelia explains. “And right they were. During that year they introduced us to film cameras, and it was always so exciting to get our photos back that we had taken on our hiking trips. That year was a massive turning point for me. Ever since then I had a passion for photographing nature”.

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What Inspires Amelia Anderson’s Bird Photography?

I always wonder what inspires people, especially creative types like Amelia. I mean, what makes someone want to go and photograph birds, or work with them and take the time to explore their personality enough to get the perfect shot that makes it onto the walls of people’s homes?

Amelia tells me that it’s less about people and more about nature when it comes to where she draws inspiration from.

Nature is an obvious inspiration,” she tells me. “And one that has been constant throughout my journey as a photographer. Through photographing these birds I came to appreciate their sense of self and their carefree nature. These were things I had personally struggled with, so being around these birds was so uplifting at such a low point in my life”.

If you’re loving Amelia’s work as much as I am, why not enter the competition below? Amelia has been kind enough to offer up one of her unframed A3 bird prints for a lucky reader to win. Good luck!

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Amelia Anderson’s Favourite Photo

“In 2006 I took a series of photos in Mexico that focused on people living in poverty. The women wore dresses they had made themselves and it was so incredible to see how proud they were of their work. The majority of their homes were just shacks with dirt floors and were basically empty, yet they took so much pride in the way they kept them neat and tidy.

It sounds cliché, but it really made me appreciate how lucky I am and not to take what I have for granted. I will never forget a photo I took of one of the women standing in her doorway with her hand on her hip. Her pride and confidence were incredibly inspiring”.  

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** Please note that this competition has now closed. The winner was Simone Allan **

To go in the draw to win an unframed A3 print from Amelia:

– Click here to visit Amelia’s website

– Drop a comment below naming your fave print and why

Competition open to Australian readers only. Comp closes 11.59pm, Thursday May 26.

Need some more animal photography in your life? Check out the best horse prints over here.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (46)

  • Gayle Bull

    I love Cupcake Pinkie … it reminds me of my Dad wno we lost 4 years ago at Easter … he too loved birds!

  • Jane Forbes

    I love the sulphur-crested cockatoos – that contrast in colour is spectacular! Beautiful work Amelia!

  • Cara

    Such soulful pictures that would brighten any space…… But in particular mine! We are expecting a little girl and cupcake pinky would be all she would need on her walls.

  • Elise

    so hard to choose ! I think cupcake pinkie 3 is a favorite ❤️ although as an environmental scientist who works with industry, kookaburra on steel beam sings to me

  • Maryann Bonett

    I love Cupcake Pinkie No 1. Its cute, pretty and sweet. And would look great in my home.

  • Wanda

    My kids and I chose Billie the Budgie. Handsome, regal and soft which is just the way I would love their rooms to be!

  • Jackie Lee

    Oh the kookaburra with fluffy cheeks definitely! We have a lot of kookies on our new property and just yesterday one came and sat on the deck with a frog in it’s mouth!! This one looks very cheeky like he’s been up to something!!!

  • Sarah Cowan

    Black Betty is my favourite but I have so many favourites! Black Betty reminds me of a flock of black cockatoos that I saw as a kid on a family camping trip. I just love them and still have a feather that I found on that day as a kid!

  • Kieren Miller

    Sulphur-crested cockatoos gave us a spectacular welcome to Sydney, their majestic squark and endless chatter bring happiness to the soul.

  • Emma Rice

    Cupcake Pinkie! The contrast of the beautiful soft pink against the crisp white background really makes the galah pop! A gorgeous addition to any wall

  • I fell in love with Billie the Budgie.

  • Hannah

    Cupcake Pinkie! The colours are beautiful and really brings a sense of calmness and tranquility into an interior. Fauna deserves to be enjoyed whilst in the comfort of your home and Ameilia Anderson succeeded with her wonderful range of prints!


    It has to be the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo for me. The contrast of black and white with a pop of yellow! It is simply devine.

  • Skye Crawford

    Beautiful pics, just stunning! I love them all but I am really drawn to Cupcake Pinkie No 3 because it is so fluffy I just want to give it a cuddle! The colours are just divine. My little girls and I have a bit of a bird addiction too!

  • Tracey

    I adore ‘Black Betty’ , it looks like she wants you to come closer as she’s got something to say. Just beautiful!

  • Belinda Hall

    The camera shy Macaw is my favourite as it’s a beautiful photograph capturing the most vibrant turquoise blue…. All done without ruffling any feathers!

  • Amber Boyce

    Kookaburra Fluffy Cheeks! It’s gorgeous and full of personality. This made me smile just looking at it .. and who doesn’t love that feeling?!

  • Sharyn W

    such a hard choice but i will go with the barn owls as i LOVE owls and this picture is just sooooo cute 🙂

  • I adore Cupcake Pinkie no.3 with that cheeky glint and the Berry, plus the colours are gorgeous no one does colour like Mother Nature.

  • Vicky Caballes

    I love Crane Herron – Stand Tall as its so calming to look at and the composition and muted colours will go beautifully in a few rooms in my home… husband is a huge bird lover so he wouldn’t be mad if I added another print to our collection

  • Mel Champion

    I’m in love with Crane Herron – Take No More. The simplicity of the photo is breathtaking, the beautiful ripples in the water and the gorgeous muted colours. It makes for a very calming photo – especially in my house full of chaos! Could stare at it for ages and just lose myself!

  • So excited by this competition! Everything is perfect… But I love black Betty no1 because it reminds me of my husband- who is my world. Every time we both looked at it we would be sooo happy.

  • Black Betty 1 is my personal favourite. She has a whole lot of swag, usually found in the likes of Elvis Presley & Prince. I imagine she is probably strumming away on her guitar entertaining the rest of the animal kingdom.

  • Sarah Buckler

    The barn owls are magical – they have always been a favourite of mine & evoke such wonderful feelings & memories

  • Simone Allan

    I fell in love instantly with Cupcake Pinkie No 3. It takes me back to my childhood days. Growing up we had “Henry” the Galah as our pet, my sister and I would spend hours with Henry teaching him to talk and do tricks.

  • Emma

    Black Betty 1 – How regal is this picture! My grandfather’s favourite bird was the black cockatoo, as he passed away recently it would be such a meaningful piece to have in our home to remind the family of him each day.

  • Belinda Ziesig

    Black Betty No 1
    Love seeing them when I go visit family in Wollongong. We always count how many we can see on the trip! Just a beautiful reminder of the small things.

  • Aimee

    The chocolate speckled hawk, he is so regal and would make a fabulous present for my sister.

  • christine

    it’s happened! i’am in love with pinkie no 1. he is beautiful, but shy. lovely colours. he is pretty and funny and it will be a pleasure sharing my apartment with him. welcome to germany pinkie

  • Anne Michael

    Sulphur Crested Cockatoo for my mother who is 92 and in hospital. She has been trying to paint cockatoos at the art class she goes to and says she can never get it right!

  • Ros

    The more I stare, the more I appreciate the captured detail of the white plumage of the Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo against the black backdrop. This print would add texture and another dimension to any room. Oh, what a talent Amelia has!

  • Michelle Carson

    Seriously I couldn’t pick a favorite! I liked so many of them. I am a bird lover so I found it extremely hard too choose. Your photography has captured their detail to perfection 🙂

  • Darren Bourke

    ‘Fluffy Cheeks’ as I love kookaburras and rarely do you see them drawn or photographed face on. It is a beautifully image that captures perfectly this very handsome bird.

  • Anita Ekberg

    Crane Herron-Stand Tall, majestic and so calm, the image draws you in and seems so peaceful.

  • Black Betty1 is stunningly beautiful and dramatic, and I would feel very lucky to have that piece in my home.

  • natalie

    Crane Herron – Stand Tall. Beautiful scenery deep in reflection. It could be me.

  • nee

    Black Betty it has unique crest and side look like it has a smile, looks rare soft black colour not to dark looking.

  • Priya

    I love them all but the Macaw feathers is my favorite – I love the colors and the up lose detail on the feathers- just so calming and beautiful!

  • Cristen Milonas

    The stately blue Crane Heron makes its way in in its regal manner through the beach grasses. Peace and tranquillity reign supreme.

  • karen

    Sorry I cant pick one, I love & want them all, so if I win I will buy another just to finish my room with double wow.

  • I love the Crane Heron Stand Tall as they say art should speak to you and when I saw this I felt instantly at peace and calm it’s such a beautiful work of art.
    Thank you for hosting such an awesome comp!

  • Fiona Collins

    I love them all but my favourite would be the Crane Herron – Stand Tall. The colour palette is very calming and it would work perfectly in my monochrome living room.

  • Natasha Andrews

    Wow these are divine – she really has captured some stunning images. I love the Macaw Feathers – the colour works perfectly for me as I have decided on that vibrant blue as my “pop” of colour for my lounge room.

  • Kerry

    All truly magnificent! It’s impossible to choose one over the other, so Macaw feathers it is as it symbolises the one unifying beautiful feature of them all, feathers.

  • Tessa White

    That Crane Herron has me magnetised.. I love the names.. Black Betty has me thinking of my Mum and Cupcake Pinkie just sounds like a bird I need to be friends with!..
    Stunning images.. what a talent!

  • I love the Kookaburra on a Steel Beam because it reminds me of my mum, her mother said “every time a kookaburra laughs I know you’ve done something cheeky” so we still say that to her to this day. So I’d love to hang it in the room so everyone can see the beautiful photo and also think of mum xo


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