BirdTrack on flickr
Many of you have been sending us photos of birds you’ve seen. As a convenient way for us to display these we’ve set up a BirdTrack group on the photo-sharing website Flickr. We also display photos from this group on the BirdTrack homepage, so keep watching and you may see your own photos featured!
The BirdTrack group photos can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/groups/birdtrack.
Using Flickr enables users to view and comment on each other’s photos, allow easy searching for more photos of the same species, and provide some extra publicity for BirdTrack.
To add your photos to the BirdTrack group you will first need to register for a Flickr account. You can use a free account – the limits on the amount you can upload are sufficient for many BirdTrack photos each month. Once registered, visit the BirdTrack group and click “Join This Group”.
You can upload photos directly to Flickr in a number of ways, the simplest being the upload web page. You should add a title and description to your photos when they are uploaded, and please also “tag” them with the species name. Ideally you should add both English and scientific names, plus the location, since this makes for easy searching. Use quotes for multiple words in a tag, e.g. Chaffinch “Fringilla coelebs”. When your photo(s) are uploaded don’t forget to add them to the BirdTrack group. The easiest way to do this is to click on the photo and then click the small “Send to group” icon above it.
Copyright of photos uploaded remains with the photographer. From time to time we will use photos from the BirdTrack group to illustrate items on the BirdTrack website: credit will be given to the photographer in each case.
You can find out much more about Flickr itself by taking the Flickr Tour or using the Help. Note that it you have just registered for Flickr and added some photos to the BirdTrack group it may take a few days before your photos appear due to Flickr’s checks on new accounts.
Please do not give precise locations for sensitive species (i.e. rare breeders, rarities on private or protected land). Note also that it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building or is in, on or near a nest with eggs or young, or to disturb the dependent young of such a bird. We strongly encourage contributors to read and adhere to the Royal Photographic Society's Nature Photographers' Code of Practice.
If you do add a photo to the BirdTrack Flickr group, don’t forget to also add the record to BirdTrack itself!
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