Occasionally I dig through some old images and apply the new tricks and techniques I learned in Lightroom. These are just some old images I tinkered with in Lightroom applying the radial filter to really pop out the subject. And yes to pop the subject is a technical term.



Pūkeko is the common name, derived from the Māori language, for the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) of New Zealand. The subspecies occurring there is Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, which is also found elsewhere in Australasia, including, in eastern Indonesia, the Moluccas, Aru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guineaand Australia.

Pukeko Chic

Pukeko Chic



The three species of Kākāriki or New Zealand parakeets are the most common species of parakeet in the genusCyanoramphus, family Psittacidae. The birds’ Māori name, which is the most commonly used, means “small parrot”. The three species on mainland New Zealand are the Yellow-crowned Parakeet, Cyanoramphus auriceps, the Red-crowned Parakeet or Red-fronted Parakeet, C. novaezelandiae, and the critically endangeredMalherbe’s Parakeet (or Orange-fronted Parakeet), C. malherbi.






The New Zealand pigeon or kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Māori call it kererū in most of the country but kūkupa and kūkū in some parts of the North Island, particularly in Northland. Commonly called wood pigeon, they are distinct from the wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) of the Northern Hemisphere, which is a member of a different genus.




African Grey

The African grey parrot is a medium-sized, predominantly grey, black-billed parrot which weighs 400 g, with a length of 33 cm[and an average wingspan of 46–52 cm.The tail and undertail coverts are red, in comparison to the maroon of the smaller Timneh Parrot.

African Grey



The Australian pied cormorant (/ˌpd ˈkɔrmərənt/ pyd kor-mər-ənt), Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the pied cormorant or pied shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia. In New Zealand it is usually known either as the pied shag or by its Māori name of Karuhiruhi. Older sources may refer to it as the “yellow-faced cormorant”.




Bleeding Heart Pidgeon

The Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) is one of a number of species of ground dove in the genus Gallicolumbathat are called “bleeding-hearts”. They get this name from a splash of vivid red colour at the centre of their white breasts. The Luzon Bleeding-heart is the species in which this feature is most pronounced, and on first sight it is hard to believe that the bird has not recently been wounded. A reddish hue that extends down the belly furthers the illusion of blood having run down the bird’s front.

Bleeding Heart





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