BirdLife Photography Biennial Conference


Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Although bird photography is a relatively new passion for Nathan, he has used the locations on his doorstep to advantage, honing his skills and creativity to capture award-winning images.

In his first year of bird photography, Nathan won BirdLife Photography Australia’s Photo of the Year and had several images shortlisted in the 2020 Birdlife Australia Photography Awards, backing that up with multiple shortlisted images again in 2021.

While his local patch on the south coast of Western Australia has diverse landscapes and unique birds, Nathan hasn’t been afraid to focus on some of the most common species in developing his photography and pursuing creative avian images.

His goal is to use his camera to produce work that will inspire others to find admiration in nature by showcasing the beauty of the forms, colours, motions and moods of birds and their habitats.

Nathan’s areas of expertise:

  • Composition
  • Fieldcraft – knowledge and awareness of local area and species
  • Creative techniques
Nathan Watson in Action
Nathan Watson in Action


Go-to camera and lens for bird photography:

Canon 1DX MK II, Canon 500mm F4 L IS II, Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 L II.


Image processing software used for bird photography:

DPP4, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, noise reduction plug-ins.


You can find Nathan on:

Instagram: @Nathan_Watson_Photography

Facebook: Nathan Watson Photography

Flickr: Nathan Watson Photography


One of Nathan’s favourites:

Nathan Watson Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Attend Nathan’s talk at the conference and visit him at the Ask the Expert session if you have any questions.