A day in pursuit of Sociable Lapwings on the steppes of Şanlıurfa, Turkey

A day in pursuit of Sociable Lapwings on the steppes of Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Turan Çetin, working for Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey), gives us a personal account of what a typical day in the field is like…

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Settling down for the winter

Settling down for the winter

After their long and amazing journeys, our tagged Sociable Lapwings settle down for the winter months.

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Crossing the mountains

Crossing the mountains

Hanna makes an amazing journey across the mountains from Afghanistan to India.

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Hanna moves on to Afghanistan

Hanna moves on to Afghanistan

Hanna crosses into Afghanistan, while Boris reaches Sudan

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Border crossings

Border crossings

Sociable Lapwing movements highlight the need for cross-boundary conservation co-operation.

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Syria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

The amazing journey continues as Shirin reaches Africa.

Onwards into the Middle East

Five birds tracked in five different countries, as the western flock moves further south.

Irina flys again!

In an unexpected turn of events, Irina reappears!

Four tagged birds, two migration routes

The exciting start of this year’s Sociable Lapwing autumn migration sees two of our four tagged birds heading towards Turkey and the Middle East, while the others make their way down to Turkmenistan.

Summer on the steppe

This summer Boris and Irina returned safely to the breeding grounds, having wintered in Sudan and Saudi Arabia respectively, although after their long journeys neither bird ended up where we expected.