Features the New Zealand Dotterel and Banded Dotterel.
Buller said of the Banded Dotterel:
"...it rises in tha air with very rapid movement of the wings and usuall adopts a circualr course...it is hard to kill often flying a considerable distance after being shot."
Buller said of the New Zealand Dotterel, "...this fine speciies...is dispersed along the whole of our shores frequenting ocean beaches and tidal mouths of rivers."
Walter Buller KCMG (1838 - 1906) was a New Zealand lawyer and naturalist. His work, "A History of the Birds of New Zealand", was first published in 1873 and as an extended version in 1888. It is regarded as a classic of ornithology and New Zealand wildlife and describes several now extinct birds.
The artist who illustrated the birds was John Gerrard Keulemanns, regarded as one of the finest wildlife illustrators of all time.