August updates to photo site

In mid-August we released an update to the birdseye.photo website where we curate the images that appear in the various BirdsEye apps. These updates were targeted towards making it easier to see what is available in the apps, and supporting photo submissions for Dragonflies, Butterflies, and Bumble bees. As you can see in the gallery below, each category of species now has its own homepage if you are interested in just seeing submissions and photos from that category. When you submit your photos for dragonflies, you’ll now get a list of variants that make sense for that category, such as adult male, female (male-like), teneral, and more.

A mobile icon is now superimposed in the bottom left corner of any photos that appear in the apps. You can curate the best photos to feature in the apps by clicking on “Suggest Changes” under a photo and suggesting that a photo be included or excluded from mobile apps. Our goal is to include several high quality images for each class of a species (adult male, male in non-breeding plumage, female, teneral, immature, etc.) in the app, and you can help us get there!

 

Another improvement is that your photographer page now lists how many of your photos appear in the app, as well as how many photos you have in each of the categories (birds, dragonflies, butterflies and bumble bees). Another great way to track what you have been photographing!

View which photos of yours appear in the apps, and how many photos of each category you've submitted.

View which photos of yours appear in the apps, and how many photos of each category you’ve submitted.

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Rare Bird Alerts come to Android!

Finding rare birds in your area is one of the most exciting aspects of birding. Now, with the BirdsEye Rare Bird Alerts, you can have your own portal to notable birds being seen nearby (anywhere in the world) as well as the rarest birds being reported across North America. If the update hasn’t automatically downloaded to your device yet, it should be available for you to download in the next couple days.

NOTABLES
Rare Bird Alerts shows you notable birds being seen nearby (up to 250 miles away from your current location if you are a member). These sightings are flagged by eBird as out of range, or out of season. Each alert also has a direct link to the eBird checklist to see comments and photos that the observer included in the checklist. 

ABA RARITIES
Additionally with a membership, BirdsEye provides all the true rarities being seen through out the ABA region*. This includes recent species like Sinaloa Wren in Arizona, Slaty-backed Gull in Washington, and Common Snipe in Newfoundland.

There are still a few differences between the Android and iPhone versions of BirdsEye. We’re trying really hard to make sure the same great features are in both versions. We’ve made a major step in that direction with the addition of the Rare Bird Alerts. Look for more to come.

*The ABA (American Birding Association) area covers most of North America north of Mexico. The BirdsEye ABA Rare feature includes species with ABA codes 3, 4 and 5.

 

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BirdsEye for Dragonflies and Butterflies

Help us build the next BirdsEye Apps

Like many birders, we are interested in more than just birds.  We think the functionality in BirdsEye would be fantastic for other flying creatures like dragonflies and butterflies, and we would like to support the outreach efforts of some outstanding citizen science projects.  We are working hard on developing new apps that will help you find butterflies, dragonflies & damselflies in your area, just like BirdsEye currently helps you find birds. If you would like to support this effort, we could use your help by making a donation, contributing your time or pre-purchasing one of the apps.

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New Photo Site in beta!

birdseye.photo launches today

We just launched a brand new photography site to compliment BirdsEye, to showcase our many excellent photographers, and to make it easier to contribute your own photos to the BirdsEye project.

You can explore the entire collection of photos, searching by region or photographer. Once you have created a free account, you will be able to submit your own photos, browse all the fantastic photos submitted for any species, vote on your favorites, and let us know if there are any identification errors.

If you have already contributed photos, we can associate your photos to your account once you have created your account on the new site. Just let us know at photos@birdsinthehand.com and we will get you set up.

Remember, you can contribute a high quality bird image to get a free BirdsEye membership to any region, for you or a friend.

We hope you enjoy this early look at the new photo site!