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Birds of Tasmania Masked Lapwing (Plover)

Birds of Tasmania Masked Lapwing (Plover)

Tax included.

by Sylvie Gerozisis

Pigment ink print on Museo Portfolio Rag 300gsm. 100% cotton paper.

Open Edition

26x24cm (to suit 11x14" frame)

 

This bird is also known as the Masked Lapwing and is very common in Tasmania. Its habitat ranges pretty much over the whole island - wherever you go, from north to south, to east and west, it’s there somewhere.

It is a very brave little bird and will attack and chase off huge Wedge-Tailed Eagles and even Sea Eagles and Ravens; all this to protect its nest and young.

The nest is usually just a small scraping in the earth, with a few bits of dried grasses.  Because the nest is so shallow, if it is made on a hillside, often the eggs will roll out of it and be lost. 

2015 seems to have been a very good one for plover survival, as I have seen many young chicks grow to adulthood. Three young ones were born and grew up on the local Woodbridge football and cricket oval, and we have had several grow up here in the paddocks.

The pattern on all sides of the painting is inspired by the rocks on Mt Wellington and the golden jagged pieces in it are stylised fagus leaves, showing fresh green buds and indicating the Spring to come.