Masked Lapwing (Plover), Tasmania
'Birds of Tasmania' Fine Art Print
Artwork by Sylvie Gerozisis
Pigment ink print on 100% Cotton Rag archival paper
Open Edition Print
30 x 24cm
To suit 11 x 14" 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.
Sylvie Gerozisis is a Tasmanian Botanical Artist, whose work also extends to Tasmanian wildlife subjects and landscapes.
She studied Fine Arts at Sydney University and Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and has taught Visual Art as well as Design and Technology.
Sylvie works almost exclusively in watercolour, and her artwork often incorporates distinctive elements of pattern and design, which relate strongly to the particular subject.
She has exhibited widely over the years and her artwork is held in private collections throughout Australia.
The artwork is printed on 100% cotton rag archival paper. All prints have been personally checked and hand signed by the artist.