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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

are you saying that you currently use a point and shoot or used to have one an are showing what they did?

I used to use a point-and-shoot as my main birding camera and BN#2 still uses one.  Those are the best bird photos we've taken with them.  I now have a DSLR, as @Seanbirds mentioned.

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This is an interesting thread.  Maybe I am weird (or old) but I never paid attention to the ratings on ebird.  I feel that there are 2 main types of bird photography.  Documentation and artistic.  Sometimes the 2 merge into one.  I prefer a more artistic style and that will not get a high rating on ebird.  If it is something unusual I will  post the picture regardless of quality.  

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23 minutes ago, Spyonabird said:

If it is something unusual I will  post the picture regardless of quality.  

Agreed! Many of the photos I post are mediocre- or low-quality documentation photos for rare/uncommon birds. I don’t care about ratings on those photos, as my purpose in those cases is just to provide documentation.

I don’t usually post low-quality photos of common birds. If I get a decently good picture of a common bird, I’ll post it.

I don’t do much of the “artistic” stuff. My focus is usually just to get as clearly identifiable a photo as possible, or sometimes to capture interesting behaviors or unusual counts.

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1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

This is my best ever Rock Wren photo! Rated 1 star in eBird. Not sure what’s going on with that rating. IMO that’s easily a 3 or a 4.

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Those are a solid four. Just put them up a bit. Probably just one bitter guy.

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An example of the randomness of eBird photo ratings is provided in this link to Northern Cardinal photos at a County level.

https://ebird.org/media/catalog?regionCode=CA-ON-SC&date.yearRange=YALL&taxonCode=norcar&mediaType=Photo&sort=rating_rank_desc

If anyone is bored it would be interesting to see what happens if just a few people gave some objective ratings, not looking for a boost in this case so you can ignore my photos, just wondering what a more balanced non - subjective approach does.

I am really trying to stop caring about ratings but keep getting sucked back in 😟.

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Apparently, someone just went through and rated all of the Surfbird and Black Turnstone Photos I've uploaded to ebird in the past two days as one star. I reuploaded almost all of them but it's still kind of annoying loosing all the ratings they did have. Here the best four are. 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113371#_ga=2.27440956.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Surfbird

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113491#_ga=2.27440956.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Surfbird

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113351Black Turnstone

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113321#_ga=2.30145727.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Black Turnstone

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7 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Apparently, someone just went through and rated all of the Surfbird and Black Turnstone Photos I've uploaded to ebird in the past two days as one star. I reuploaded almost all of them but it's still kind of annoying loosing all the ratings they did have. Here the best four are. 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113371#_ga=2.27440956.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Surfbird

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113491#_ga=2.27440956.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Surfbird

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113351Black Turnstone

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113321#_ga=2.30145727.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Black Turnstone

I just rated all of them.

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7 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Apparently, someone just went through and rated all of the Surfbird and Black Turnstone Photos I've uploaded to ebird in the past two days as one star. I reuploaded almost all of them but it's still kind of annoying loosing all the ratings they did have. Here the best four are. 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113371#_ga=2.27440956.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Surfbird

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113491#_ga=2.27440956.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Surfbird

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113351Black Turnstone

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326113321#_ga=2.30145727.1477050337.1617590628-1021818232.1612749747

Black Turnstone

If ever there were poorly-rated photos... 

 

Edit: I mean to say that anything lower than five for these seems wrong.

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