Northern Lapwing.

Northern Lapwings
(Fukushimagata, November 27, 2010)

 Just wanted to post these photos before I forgot about them. I know they're not great but they're the best I have of this species. They are fairly abundant around Fukushimagata in the cooler months but I rarely get close enough for photo opportunities. I usually watch for them to start flocking as a sign that either a peregrine or goshawk is on the move. On the day I took these photos they were being harassed by Black-eared Kites and went back and forth across the nearby rice-fields. They looked quite beautiful in the clear, blue skies.