Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Plates from Buller's Birds

Plates from Buller's Birds

A History of the Birds of New Zealand

To celebrate New Zealand Book Month, today's book is Walter Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand, and as this text is online at the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, we thought we'd show people some of the fantastic colour plates that are present in the work.

Below is a selection of some of the 48 plates that feature in this work, though they are all wonderful in their level of detail.

The plates are the work of John Gerrard Keulemans, an illustrator of many important ornithological texts.

Laughing PetrelWandering AlbatrossSpotted ShagPied Shag
Rifleman and Rock WrenBlue Heron and White HeronSouth Island WekaKingfisher
Swamp RailTakaheKokakoKakariki
HuiaSaddlebackBlack FantailFern Bird
Silver-eyeTuiStich BirdLong-tailed Cuckoo

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