This watercolour of Masked Lapwing, Vanellus miles novaehollandiae by Neville HP Cayley depicts two adults with thier young. At the time of the work in 1892 the species was commonly known as Spur-winged Plover, Vanellus novaehollandiae. Cayley, the father of the acclaimed Australian artist Neville William Cayley, was one of the best known bird artists in Australia in the late nineteenth century. He was the artist prefered by the hunting fraternity as he often painted game birds. However he is most notably remembered for his contributions to scientific papers and publications such as North's 'Nests and Eggs of Birds found breeding in Australia and Tasmania' (1889).

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Masked Lapwing

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