Friday, April 24, 2009

Photos featured on All About Birds

While none of my photos won any prizes at the Shoot the Hills photo competition, I was just recently notified that two of my bird photos are being used on Cornell's All About Birds ID guide webpage!


This picture of a male Purple Finch can be found on the "front page", so to speak, of the Purple Finch's species account. If you scroll down to the section where it shows "Field Marks", you will see that there is a series of 10 different photos. My photo is the 7th one (you have to scroll sideways through the series to get to it).

Also, this picture of a female Purple Finch is found on the House Finch species account page, shown in the "Similar Species" category. The above photo of the male Purple Finch is also shown here.

I was very excited to learn that my photos had been selected, and I'm so appreciative to Cornell for using them!

To those of you who participate in Project Feederwatch or NestWatch, or any of the Lab's other Citizen Science programs, don't be shy to submit any photos that you take of your birds. And even if you don't participate in citizen science projects, you can still submit bird photos to Cornell via their Flickr group, called Birdshare.

10 comments:

An Open Heart said...

Congratulations! Well deserved.

The Early Birder said...

Congrats on being published. That's a great honour. Well done.

Heather said...

OpenHeart, Frank: Thank you to you both. I feel most honored, indeed.

Ginnymo said...

Congrats Heather! That female Purple Finch you have here?? I see those around and I thought they were Siskins. I better get studying my birds more..Ha!

Red said...

Congrats Heather!
Two of mine were selected too :) I plan on posting about it ASAP.

Shellmo said...

Congrats to you heather! I'm so happy your photos are going to be used - thrilling!!!

Kelly said...

Wow! Heather that's aweseome!! How cool...you must feel wonderful and a little more connected as a Citizen Scientist! Congrats...

RuthieJ said...

Congratulations Heather! Those are really great pictures too. Purple finches are difficult to ID--especially when you have house finches, so your photos should be very helpful for all birders.

Heather said...

Ginnymo - Thank you. The female Purple Finch is a tricky bird to ID - she looks like several other birds, the Pine Siskin being one. Take a good look at the beak on your bird: if it's small and razor sharp, it's a Siskin, but if it's big and chunky (and also light in color), then it might be the female Purple Finch (or maybe a female House Finch).

Shelley - Thank you so much, I'm very excited as well!

Kelly - Thanks, it is a good feeling. And the more I think about it, to have the photo used for science and educational purposes, that makes it even more special in my book.

Ruthie - Thank you, I felt very lucky to get such clear pictures of both the male and female. We've never had House Finches, so I've not struggled to make that distinction myself.

Heather said...

Red - Please excuse me... it just occurred to me that I didn't respond to your comment along with all the rest. I was going to go over to your blog to see if you had posted about your Cornell photos, but then I got distracted, and... well, I'm sorry. Congrats to you, too! I can't wait to see which of your photos were chosen!