Bursting Out - A kākāriki (red-crowned parakeet) bursts into view. These engaging parakeets fill the skies with flashes of green and their chattering laughter. They once were a common sight on the mainland, but their numbers plummeted with predation by introduced rats, stoats, and cats. In 2010, they were reintroduced to the Wellington region, into a sanctuary surrounded by a predator-proof fence where they can breed safely and fly freely.
Winging It - A kākā's plumage is reminiscent of monarch and yellow admiral butterflies. Kākā are not a flashy parrot but look closely and you'll see a multitude of elegant autumnal shades, with highlights of orange and red. Perfect for blending into the bush. Of all the birds of Aotearoa - New Zealand, the kākā is Judi’s favourite - curious, cheeky, engaging, yet also cryptic. She has had the incredible privilege of helping with their conservation as a volunteer charged with monitoring their breeding success; a task which has involved intensive observations of kākā over many years.
Popping Up - A takahē pops up from behind harakeke (flax) flowers to shyly show off his iridescent plumage. Takahē are one of the most endangered birds in the world and were once thought extinct, until a small remnant population was found in the wilds of the Murchison mountains in 1948. There is now over 350 individuals and a growing population thanks to intensive conservation efforts. As well as the Murchison population, takahē are also found on predator-free offshore islands and fenced mainland sanctuaries.
Unfurling - The tūī is the colour of night - jet black with flashes of aurora green, shooting stars of white on his nape, the moon on his chest, and the blue promise of dawn. Twenty years ago there were only 20-30 breeding pairs in Wellington; now thanks to pest control they are a ubiquitous sight in everyone's garden. Similar achievements are happening elsewhere in Aotearoa-New Zealand too.
Each print is 28cm x 28cm and the price includes standard delivery.
Judi Lapsley Miller (www.artbyjlm.com) is a New Zealand photo-artist with the natural world as her inspiration. She strives through her art to advocate for our endangered species by exploring themes like the tenacity of life in the face of environmental destruction, what it means to be endangered, and the post-human world. Many of her images are inspired from experiences with volunteering in wildlife conservation projects, where she has had the extraordinary privilege of working with endangered birds. Photography is just the first step in her creative process – she digitally blends and masks layers of photographs, graphics, scanned ephemera and textures, lighting and colour adjustments, and digital brushstrokes to form an image that is more painting than photograph. In her images she exposes her interpretation of the inner world of others – their thoughts and feelings, their hopes and desires – in a form tangible to the human viewer that engenders empathy with other living creatures.
Judi lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She has been a Forest & Bird member for over 15 years.