Sorry for cross-posting.
Recent images of killed Sociable Lapwings posted on surfbirds.com.
Just for your information:
Direct links to the images:
Text quoted: "Sociable Lapwing, Syria, north of Deir ez-Zor March 10,
2009 İRemco Holfland
Remains of a male and female, shot and eaten the previous day by
local hunters. They said between 2,000 and 3,000 were present in the
general area, of which we saw a flock of 65 (see above). Flocks of 8
and 26 were seen in other areas few days earlier."
So the case seems to be continued. Hunting of these shorebirds is
still an issue (and I guess it remains for a while) in the Middle
East. I would be happy to learn more about the international efforts
on stopping illegal hunting of Sociable Lapwings in the Middle East
or anywhere along the migration route.
Gyorgy Szimuly (Szimi)
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