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BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference

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Claire Greenwell

Claire Greenwell is a conservation biologist and ornithologist with a passion for sea and coastal birds. She recently submitted her PhD at Murdoch University, which explored the breeding chronology, life history, behaviour and ecology of the Australian Fairy Tern with the overarching view of informing conservation efforts for this threatened (Vulnerable) species.

Claire’s area of interest is waterbirds, birds in flight and conservation photography. Claire used digital photography to document the feeding ecology, and movement of Fairy Terns as part of her research.

Claire was awarded the Portfolio Prize in the 2020 BirdLife Australia Photography Awards and has many other images shortlisted in national competitions.


Claire’s areas of expertise include:

  • Birds in flight photography
  • Conservation photography and citizen science
  • Australian Fairy Tern behaviour and ecology
Claire Greenwell in Action
Fairy Tern research, North Fremantle, Western Australia


Go-to cameras and lens for bird photography: 

Canon 1DXII + Canon IS USM 500 mm + 1.4 x teleconverter

Canon 7DII + Canon IS USMII 100-400 mm


Image Processing Software used for Bird Photography:

DPP4, Topaz Labs, Photoshop


You can find Claire on:


One of Claire’s favourites:

Claire Greenwell - Atherinid_channel marker
The Navigator – Australian Fairy Tern

Catch my talk at the conference and visit me at the Ask the Expert sessions if you have any questions.