Ebird - Rating Photos

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Subject: Ebird - Rating Photos
From: Julie Clark <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:16:25 +0000
Hi All,

Many of you will be aware that eBird has made it possible for us to now rate the quality of photos added to eBird Checklists.I believe the purpose of the ratings is to eventually provide a means of placing the highest rated photos of each species at the top of the list, so people wanting to see that species will be able to do so quickly and easily. 

I've been browsing photos on Ebird and have found it very interesting looking at ratings that have been given to many. Before attempting any rating myself I read the guidelines.....

I'd like to suggest that anyone interested in viewing photos and planning on rating them should also read the guidelines first.

My main observation was that many photos were rated as 4 or 5 stars, but when referring to the guidelines they should have been 2 or 3 stars. (Conversely a few were probably rated slightly lower than my assessment).

Personal taste obviously also plays a part, but based on the guidelines I would expect ratings for any  particular photo to be fairly similar.

Any thoughts comments from anyone else who has noticed the ratings?


Julie Clark
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