I suspect a number of you have picked up on, and been disturbed by, the images by Remco Hofland of Sociable Lapwings shot in Syria. He comments:-
'A flock of 65 was all we could find of the 2,000+ birds present in the area (but we only had two hrs and there was poor visibility). Unsustainable hunting during the migration period, by both local and foreign hunters, is the number one cause for the sharp decline in numbers of this species. See http://22.214.171.124/doc/doc00232.pdf for more information..'
I hope that something is being done to try and educate the locals and curb the hunting. The attraction of foreign 'hunters' to go to Syria to shoot Sociable Lapwings is very worrying...