Photographer captures portraits of birds like you've never seen them

Flocking fantastic! Stunning birds from around the world are celebrated in nature photographer’s new book – from a species of British duck to a majestic Australian cockatoo

  • London-based photographer Tim Flack has captured birds from around the world for his latest book 
  •  Stunning photos include a Major Mitchell Cockatoo with its impressive crest and a flamboyance of flamingos  
  •  Birds, by Tim Flack, also features the striking Peruvian Inca tern, which looks like it has a large moustache

From a flamboyance of flamingos to a crested cockatoo, a photographer showcases some of the world’s most brilliant birds in a dazzling new book. 

London-based photographer Tim Flack, an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, travels the world photographing animals and has turned his attention to our feathered friends for his latest title, Birds, published by Abrams Books. 

Flack said: ‘When I began this project, my intention was to explore the beauty and wonderment of birds by depicting them in a series of portraits, abstract and in flight.

‘For many of us, the global pandemic has heightened our awareness of nature and specifically birds, which have with their very presence awakened our senses and elevated our spirits. 

‘The enforced solitude of lockdown has also given me an opportunity to reflect on my photographic processes and glean new inspiration from the old masters such as Rembrandt and Turner. 

‘I hope this book will further reveal just how extraordinary they really are, while inspiring empathy and encouraging conservation and support. Connecting people to the natural world has never been more important.’   

Here, FEMAIL shares a selection of some of the most spectacular snaps…  

 What’s up, duck? The Miniature White Crested Duck is a smaller version of the Crested Duck and is native to Yorkshire. It is featured in the new book by London-based photographer Tim Flack, an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society

Showing off their feathers: A Peruvian Inca tern, which looks like it has a large moustache (left). Right, a Major Mitchell Cockatoo, a bird known for its delicate pink and white feathers

Best foot forward: A flamboyance of American Flamingos, the only species of flamingo that inhabits Northern America 

Splash of colour! A Nicobar Pigeon, native to Asia, has colourful feathers that would put the grey pigeons in the UK to shame

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All fluffed up: This impressive fellow is a Philippine Eagle, and as its name might suggest it, it can be found in the Philippines

Heavenly! Tim photographed this red bird of paradise mid-flight.  It is located on Waigeo and Batanta islands of Raja Ampat, West Papua

Flying high: The majestic Grey Crowned Crane, the national bird of Uganda, can be found in Southern Africa 

Head gear: The Red Splash Jacobin pigeon, left, has a very recognisable crest around its head, like a collar. It is included in the book Birds, by Tim Flack, right

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