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