Birdwatching is a popular outdoor recreational activity in America and Western Europe. It involves the observation of birds, often aided by binoculars or a spotting scope, as well as bird photography and sound recording. A substantial amount of the world's ornithological data is contributed by birdwatching enthusiasts. In regions where birdwatching has gained popularity in the last 25 years, such as Asia and the post-Soviet space, bird photography is more prevalent. This is primarily attributed to the widespread availability of digital cameras equipped with telephoto lenses and superzoom capabilities. Owners of such cameras invariably find themselves drawn to capturing images of birds. Several factors contribute to this inclination. Firstly, birds are captivating and remarkable, yet people often only truly appreciate them when armed with binoculars or a camera. Secondly, birds exhibit remarkable diversity, inspiring photographers to seek out and capture images of various species. Thirdly, the process of bird photography is accompanied by a sense of excitement and passion, providing an avenue to channel ancient instincts without resorting to violence. Lastly, the outcome of bird photography is a collection of stunning and visually appealing photographs.
This site has been established as part of a collaborative initiative among birdwatchers in the post-Soviet space. Long-standing examples of similar local projects include websites like "Birds of Kazakhstan" or "Birds of Ukraine". The primary audience for this site comprises local birdwatchers. Should any local birdwatcher aspire not only to participate but also to take an active role in managing the site and influencing its policies, we invite you to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Every birdwatcher has the opportunity to register and contribute their content to the site—be it photos, videos, diaries, or bird-related observations. There are no constraints, whether professional, age-related, or concerning material quality, as birds.watch transcends being merely a photo site; the material's quality is a subjective choice. Scientifically intriguing content is often not flawless.
Additionally, beyond regular participation in the site's activities, you have the option to become a project member, signifying a more profound engagement with the project's work, accompanied by specific benefits. If you aspire to deepen your involvement in birdwatching, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main goal of the site can be formulated as follows: creating a birdwatching culture in the post-Soviet space. Millions of people around the world are involved in birdwatching, and it is not only observers and photographers; there are tour organizers, guides, sellers of feeders, perches, binoculars, and other optics, and there are special points for birdwatching. Unfortunately, we don't have this yet.
Before uploading photos to the site, it is recommended to process them in a photo editor. Photos with high resolution will take a long time to load, so we advise you to scale the published photos to a size of 800 to 1200 pixels horizontally.
But before changing the size of the photo, you need to perform image correction operations, which will be discussed below.
Firstly, if in the original photo the bird takes up a very small part of the frame, it is worth cropping it so that the bird is not lost when the photo size is reduced. Also, do not crop too close to the bird. This significantly impairs the perception of the object in the photo.
Secondly, try to crop all photos to a 3:2 aspect ratio, that is, if you prepare a frame at 1,200 pixels horizontally, make it 800 pixels vertically—such frames are correctly displayed when viewed. Some authors make frames stretched vertically; in this case, they often do not fit on the screen.
Thirdly, adjust the bright and dark areas in the photo; this significantly improves the quality of the photo: many details become visible that were previously indistinguishable dark spots.
Fourthly, be moderate in processing the photo, adjusting contrast, saturation, and other parameters. Remember: the photo should be natural in color reproduction.
Upload the best frame first—it will represent the entire series later.
Shoot birds in series, from different angles: this helps in their identification. Most cameras allow you to record video along with photos, so if you have the opportunity, record a video clip along with the photo, where the bird makes a sound — in many cases (and for singing males almost always), this helps identify the species. This is especially important for secretive species that are difficult to photograph, but recording their voice is quite real.
Birds of Kazakhstan - kz.birds.watch
Birds of Siberia - sibirds.ru
Birds of Siberia - siberian.birds.watch
Birds of Xinjiang - xinjiang.birds.watch
Birds of Kyrgyzstan - kyrgyz.birds.watch
Birds of Ukraine - uabirds.org
Birds of Ukraine - ua.birds.watch
Birds of the European part of Russia - erbirds.ru
Birds of the Russian Far East - fareastru.birds.watch
Birds of India - indian.birds.watch
Birds of Kerala - kerala.birds.watch
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Great Spotted Woodpecker
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