Sociable Lapwings arrive in Rajastahn

Further to the news that more than 400 Sociable Lapwings had been found at a stopover site in Uzbekistan in mid September, news has now reached us that at least some birds migrating along this ‘Eastern Flyway’ have now arrived in the Indian Sub-continent.

The beautiful image of a Sociable Lapwing above was captured by Nikhil Devasar at the Tal Chhapar Sanctuary in northwestern Rajastahn. It was one bird that dropped in from a flock of 14 Sociable Lapwings present there on October 24th and 25th 2012. Based on previous records from the reserve, these birds arrived at exactly the same time they have in other years.

Bird and wildlife photographers are becoming a regular source of information about the presence of Sociable Lapwings around the world and their support is extremely valuable, enhancing our knowledge of where the birds are at various times of the year.

We eagerly await news of any other Sociable Lapwings found wintering in other parts of India and Pakistan. Somewhere the large flock that gathered in Uzbekistan on migration are now wintering – perhaps together or perhaps split up into smaller groups. Have you seen one lately?

We look forward to shortly bringing you news of how the Sociable Lapwings migrating south and west to Africa have been progressing too.

Related posts:

  1. Sociable Lapwings arrive in India
  2. Record flock of migrating Sociable Lapwings recorded in Kazakhstan
  3. Record Sociable Lapwing flock found in Uzbekistan
  4. Where have the Sociable Lapwings that were heading west got to?
  5. Protecting Sociable Lapwings in Iraq

7 Responses

  1. Mital Patel 07. Nov, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    this is great news. I’ve been reading news from Rajashtan. Lets hope we may encounter the arrival soon as well in Gujarat.

  2. Rob Sheldon 12. Nov, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Great news to hear that the birds have made their amazing journey to the wintering grounds. Thanks Nik for the photos and the update. I’ve just left India after visiting an area outside Corbett National Park, north of Delhi, from where there are historical records of sociable lapwing. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any but did see many red-wattled lapwings and a few river lapwings.

    Keep those sightings coming.

    Rob Sheldon

  3. Omar Fadhil 15. Nov, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    It is very encouraging to hear such news; the great photograph is outstanding, hope to see new sightings in Arabia

  4. Rob Tovey 18. Nov, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I can give you a bit of news rather than the other way round! While birding in Tabuk, north west Saudi Arabia last Thursday, my birding friend Lou and I had prolonged views of 10 sociable lapwings in a pivot field along side 40 or so spur winged lapwings. I didn’t get too close because I didnt want to spook them but I did get several pictures which I have blogged. Rob

  5. viral and divyaraj 30. Nov, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    we have excellent news for all of you. On 28/11 we saw a group of 8 sociable lapwings near amreli in gujarat. Also we were lucky enough to get some good group shots.!

  6. Johannes Kamp 30. Nov, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Hi all,

    I just got these news from Ruslan Urazaliev – two birds in Dagestan, Caucasus:

    http://www.dagzapoved.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=132%3A2012-11-12-08-14-04&catid=1%3Anews&Itemid=30&lang=ru

    The text below the pictures reads as follows:

    “During a bird survey along river Kuma on 09/11/2012, the ornithologists S.A. Perevozov and G.S. Dzhamirzoev found two Sociable Lapwings, a rare, vanishing bird species, listed in the Red Books of the IUCN, Russia and Dagestan. The birds were seen in an areas of loamy semi-desert with grasses and Artemisia shrubs, together with a small Northern Lapwing flock. The were very confiding and allowed the obersers to approach them closely. Both birds were feeding actively, obviously on small insects in the short grass sward.”

    This is a rather late record for this underwatched area, congratulations to the observers!

    Johannes Kamp

  7. viral and divyaraj 30. Nov, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    sociable lapwings found in saurashtra region of gujarat. ! On 28/11 of this year we encountered a group of 8 sociable lapwings near amreli. We were lucky enough to be able to get good group shots too!

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