New Bird Photography Workshops at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

Eastern Yellow Robin

Take your photography skills to the next level and learn how to photograph birds in nature with talented wildlife photographer Danny McCreadie!

Award-winning social enterprise NatureArt Lab is excited to offer two new photography weekend workshops across May and June at the wildlife haven that is Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

The reserve comprises of 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest and boasts an enviable bird list including the Noisy Pitta, Paradise Riflebird, Rufous Fantail and Yellow Throated Scrubwren.

Danny McCreadie

Danny McCreadie is an award-winning nature photographer. He has travelled extensively throughout Australia and internationally, pursuing his passion for wildlife photography. His field observations and accompanying photographs have been published in a number of journals, books, magazines, newspapers, websites, and exhibited in museums.

Danny has a particular interest in raptors, but he has considerable experience across most nature photography disciplines.

Danny says one of the attractions of wildlife photography is how unpredictable it can be:

“I was photographing foxes near a swamp one morning when I was swooped by a Black-shouldered Kite. I had seen him coming so raised my camera and managed to get a great head on shot before it passed low just over my head. It only made one pass so the opportunity was fleeting. I did not imagine that was going to happen when I headed out that morning.”

Another surprise was when a well camouflaged Danny, who was photographing Robins near a lake, had a Grey Fantail land on his head!

This passion for birdlife, combined with years of technical experience will ensure participants of Danny’s workshops will have an insightful and deeply rewarding experience.

For more information and bookings go to and select “South East Queensland” courses.

Details below:


Workshop One: 15 May & 22 May 2022

Sunday 15 May 9.30am to 4.30pm (Studio)

Sunday 22 May 8.30am to 12.00pm (Field trip), 1.00pm to 3.00pm (Studio)

Workshop Two: 25 & 26 June 2022

Saturday 25 June – 9.30am to 4.30pm (Studio)

Sunday 26 June 8.30am to 12.00pm (Field trip), 1.00pm to 3.00pm (Studio)

Venue: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, 148 Mountain View Road, Maleny

About NatureArt Lab:

  • NatureArt Lab is an award-winning natural history art school with a focus on promoting sustainability, connecting people with nature through creative pursuits, advancing environmental education and advocacy.

Through unique art and photography courses and nature tours NatureArt Lab’s goal is to promote engagement with nature enabling a better understanding of the environment and the value of biodiversity. NatureArt Lab’s programs integrate science and conservation values, and are suitable for people with all levels of experience.

NatureArt Lab’s programs offer opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people and be immersed in a range of nature-inspired art courses as well as a series of specialised educational nature immersion experiences to Australian and international destinations for artists and photographers.NatureArt Lab is the ACT State Winner of the 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards for Promoting Sustainability, and is heading to Sydney in April for the National Awards. The business also won State Finalist Awards in three other categories for Building Communities, Accelerating Women and Championing Health.

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