Bird Photography

Birds have become one of my favourite photographic pursuits in recent years. As the technology to capture them gets better and easier to work with, so too the possibility for creativity and beautiful photography is more rewarding. This page is a collection of my best bird resources: feature stories and photo essays.

Kenya Bird & Wildlife Workshop   Parrot Walk   Photo Essays  

How To Shoot Birds

This is my big feature on my photography advice website that goes into the technical, behavoural and creative challenges when tackling bird photography. It's a long read, but broken into sections and full of useful information.

The feature is called "Competing for Attention".


Photo Essay


Every year I head up to the Top End of Australia and spend a couple days shooting wildlife. This year we went back to Arnhemland and that beautiful wetlands of Mount Borradaile. This spot is marvellous for wetlands birds, big and small.

Why Birds in Kenya?

My Kenyan Safari Workshop in 2017 with Fredrik Broman turned out to be one of my favourite trips ever, and largely because of the little creatures. Read about how the birds inspired me more than the lions.

The feature is called "Jambo Tweet Jambo".


Photo Essay

Birds of Uluru

This photo essay shows what you can find just hanging around the bush when you visit Uluru. They were taken during a 3-day stop over with a photography workshop. We chased the sunset and sunrise in the park, but found some time to focus on our feathered friends too.

Photo Essay

City Parrots

On the edge of Melbourne CBD are some really lovely parklands, and really lovely flowering gums, and about 17 different species of parrots. This photo essay highlights just how easy it is to walk through Melbourne's parks and find a little colour to photograph. Galahs and Rainbow Lorikeets are waiting just around the corner, and make great subjects to practise your wildlife photography skills.

Photo Essay

Birds of Kenya

A photo essay gathering up my bird shots from two weeks in Kenya. Most of my time was spent helping others with their photography and chasing the big game, but in the quiet moments around the lodges and camps we found some amazing birds to photograph as well.




Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.

Photography for Travellers

Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."


"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."



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