New York State Avian Records Committee

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Northern Lapwing

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), near Mecox Bay, Long Island on 4 February 1995. Photographed using a 500mm mirror lens and Canon AE-1 camera body.
Copyright of Mike Cooper 2000

Although this Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) was photographed at a great distance and is slightly over-exposed, several diagnostic features are nicely recorded for posterity. Notice the bronze-green shoulder/mantle, broad breast band, dark forehead/crown and dark facial mask. The pale throat area is consistent with basic/immature plumages.

This Northern Lapwing was discovered in a horse pasture at the NW corner of Mecox Bay near Watermill, Town of Southampton, Long Island, Suffolk Co. It remained at this location from 28 January to 18 March 1995 and was seen by hundreds of birders from all over North America. This is the fourth record for the state and was accepted by NYSARC on the basis of four written reports (1995-5-A-D) supported by photographs.

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