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Project Bolony1,679Thanksgiving CircleRules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-29 14:29:29265005
Phoiphailin Sivilay41GOOGLE FRIENDS! -  RESHARE if you want to be included *'"*:•:••:*:•-:¦:*  *SHARE AND BE  SHARED*  *:¦:-•:*:••-:•:''''*  This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#fridaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing        #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles        #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday       #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followfriday  #follow    #followme     #followers #followback #circle#googleplus  #communities #hangouts  #events  #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedc2014-08-27 04:33:1948491110
John Wood12,589Active users on Google+. Circle Share.If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles.If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: •         +1 this circle•         Share this circle to PUBLIC•         Include me in your circles•         Comment on this post#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #howtoenlargecircle #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle #googleplus #google 2014-08-26 07:36:41483171197219
Wayne Marinovich26,506Wildlife Photographers CircleWell, it has been over a year since I last shared my wildlife photographers circle. I have recently been through it, and dropped some folks who no longer seems to be posting. Whilst going though all the people, I realise just how many friends I have made in this online world. I look forward to meeting more of you in the flesh someday.Please feel free to share this with your followers (that is how this works after all). If you are not on here and are a keen amateur, semi-pro or seasoned pro, let me know and I will add you.  2014-05-23 08:07:52474938
Project Bolony0This is the Birding Circle Share!Share this circle publicly on YOUR STREAM. Rules are simple:Birding Circle Share1. SHARE this circle PUBLICLY to your stream to stay in the next circle2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle#sharedcircle     #awesomepeople   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #circleshared  2014-03-24 01:09:33267001
Walter Soestbergen47,588✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯The New Bird Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [17-12-2013]This 7th edition from the Birds circle has been released. This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Bird photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingWhen I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Bird circleIf you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)Also I want to thank  +Ricky L Jones for his great help on the +Birds4All theme and for the communitie +Jane Floor , +Mandy Allen and  +Thomas Kirchen.You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.   2013-12-17 20:55:4838114046114
Walter Soestbergen42,252✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯The New Bird Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [16-10-2013]This 6th edition from the Birds circle has been released. This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Bird photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingWhen I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Bird circleIf you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)Also I want to thank  +Ricky L Jones for his great help on the +Birds4All theme and for the communitie +Jane Floor , +Mandy Allen and  +Thomas Kirchen.You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.   #photography #photographycircles  #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness  #awesomepeople #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare 2013-10-16 16:23:1236215439100
Google+ Categorized Circles1,153#photography circle for you... nJoy..!! #sharedcircles #circle #circleshare  2013-08-26 19:04:5949114619
Walter Soestbergen36,595✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯The New Bird Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [15-08-2013]This 5th edition from the Birds circle which has grown till 351 persons. This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Add this circle and start engaging with the people in it. Plus, comment and share and they may reward you tooHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Bird photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingAnd or share your photos with +Birds4All / #Birds4All  theme. This way I will see your photos and there is a big change I add you ;-) When I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Birds circleIt helps ;-) when you share your Bird photos also with +Birds4All / #Birds4All  theme.Also I want to thank  +Ricky L Jones for his great help on the +Birds4All theme and for the communitie +Jane Floor , +Mandy Allen and  +Thomas Kirchen.You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.  #photography #photographycircles  #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness  #awesomepeople #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing 2013-08-15 17:27:173511762194
Rome Heels737Most followed active photographers and friends sharing content on G+ Thanks to +Charles Lupica for the sharing. #sharedcircle #sharedicircles  2013-05-17 09:23:345001110
Charles Lupica66,461             Top 1000 most followed active        photographers sharing content on G+                  Circle One: A to JThis  is the first of two circles,  I'll share the second circle this weekend so that they're not so on top of each other.  The circles have been divided alphabetically to help give more exposure to people with fewer followers.Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated. It has been two weeks since I announced my intent to update my circle of the 500 most followed photographers on G+.  I decided to do things a bit differently this time and so I'll share the top 1000.   To build the circles and the list I enlisted the aid of +Bill Wood +Gemma Costa +Jen Baptist +Kat Scan and +Margaret Tompkins.  They built circles and vetted profiles.  My starting point for this was a list of 2000 names generously provided to me by +CircleCount.  Thank you all for all of your help.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the contents of what will be in the two circles. The script / finding namesThe script is provided by CircleCount and looks through the tagline of every profile on CircleCount to find the word "photo" or "foto".  If a photographer doesn't have a CircleCount profile they won't be found.  If one of these two words isn't in their tagline, they won't be found.  A few people I know have fallen into this flaw in my thinking.  To fix this, CircleCount has asked me to provide a "whitelist" of names that the script misses.  The white-list list adds another 30 or so names to the result. How was the list processedThe list was sorted by the level of activity.  People that hadn't posted in the last month (approximately April 5 to May 5th) were removed from the list.  This included people that hadn't posted or people that had posted only once in the past 4 weeks.  Again, this has some flaws but I'm mostly happy with the results.  People who are posting only in private communities or people that interact a lot with other people but don't post their own work will get filtered out along with the people that aren't really active.  ValidationThese two circles were very heavily vetted.  Of the original 2000 names, nearly 35% do not appear in either circle.  This is a result of the filtering I mentioned above and vetting of ever single profile in the list until we had enough names to make a list of 1000 names.  The list was divided into 6 parts with Bill Wood, Gemma Costa, Jen Baptist, Kat Scan, Margaret Tompkins and me each taking a group of names.  I tried to assign the list so that the pe2013-05-16 16:41:2850113479149
Gailen Mapes24,957Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Other or Unknown" Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 2nd for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles   #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-03-14 12:52:44375704
Curating Content on Google+3,618Pʜᴏᴛᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜʏ ENGAGERS Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ  Nearly a full circle this week!Quick start instructions:➀ post a link to a G+ photo in the comments below,➁  check out some photos from others and +1 and comment on them,➂ share this post (public),➃ add this circle, and refresh it every week.You will be added (or stay in) the circle share next week!Full story: This circle is for engaging G+ users about photography.  The interaction happens mainly in the comments, but of course re-shares too.  Post a link to a photo from your stream during the last week in the comments below.  It can be your photo or someone else's.  Then from the comments here, check out someone's link, and comment on / critique that photo.  Try to pick someone new each week, so you will meet new people and make new friends (more than 1 is ok too)Results: your photos will get more exposure, you will be circled more, and you'll find active people to add to your stream.  Re-sharing this circle is highly recommended, and some form of engagement is mandatory.  That will result in a curated circle that's always fresh!  If you drop out for any reason, you can get back in at any time by adding content & engaging in the current weekly circle!This will be done once per week, starting fresh again.  It is for active G+'ers that want more interaction and exposure. This is a hybrid idea, taking the best parts of circle sharing, communities, and G+, and rolling them into one!Special thanks to the people who shared the circle in the last weeks: +viviane cristina moura leite +Trever McGhee +Malthus John +Jürgen Keil +Ludovic Moreeuw +PhillyBelle Turnipseed +Share Your Circle  #publiccirclesproject #photography #sharedcircles #weeklythemecircles #sharingiscaring #greatphotography #beautifulpictures #curatedcircle 2013-02-21 04:00:124781855176
Gailen Mapes23,916Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #handpickedcircles  #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles  #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle2013-02-14 11:44:54374419
Gailen Mapes22,904Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Other or Unknown" Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday2013-01-28 11:35:38379206
Walter Soestbergen20,489✯✯   Birds Photographers circle Second edition   ✯✯This is the Second edition from the +Birds4All circle. This circle has grown till 259 persons. All profiles are visited by me. This circle is a must have for people who love Bird photo's in their stream.Circle's are there to be shared, so help yourself to re-share it and promote yourself and the others to your followers and make them aware about more great photographers.How to get in this circle:1: Ask for inclusion2: You must be active on google+ and regular posting bird photo's from yourself.When I give you a +1 you are in the next BPC circleMy apologies to those who have forgotten, they are unintentional left out.with kind regards,Walter Soestbergen #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle   #ICircle2013-01-17 18:17:17259321538
Walter Soestbergen19,026♦♦♦♦ WS Photographer Circle 3 2/1 ♦♦♦♦The Photographers circle has grown over 600 people so I had to split it up into 2 circles.First circle contains people where firstname started with an A till K . Within some day's circle 2 wil be released!Circle's are there to be shared so help yourself to re-share it and promote yourself and the others in this circle .Who are in this circleLots of great photographers who mainly share their own photo's in their stream and you will like them.Who can join?Everybody. As long as you have a interest in (nature) photography and MAINLY share your own work in your feed.Unfortunally with so many photographers on google plus, the chance to forget somebody is very big. It was never my intention to leave somebody out deliberately.What to do when you want in the circle?just ask here, when you got an +1 you are in next circle.#birds4all #macro4all #birds4all #macro4all #birds4all #macro4all #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles#circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles#pixelworld  #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle#thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle  2013-01-04 20:38:05342572555
Gailen Mapes21,074Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Other or Unknown" Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday2012-12-28 11:54:20360407
Walter Soestbergen17,632✯✯   Birds4All Photographers circle 1st edition   ✯✯#Birds4All +Birds4All #Birds4All +Birds4All #Birds4All +Birds4All This first edition from the +Birds4All circle. This circle has grown from 100 to 226 persons with your help.  All people are hand picked and all profiles are visited by me. This circle is a must have for people who love Bird photo's and or bird photographers.Circle's are there to be shared so help yourself to re-share it and promote yourself and or others .How to get in this circle:1: Ask for inclusion2: You must be active on google+ and regular posting bird photo's from yourself.When I +1 you are in the upcomming BPC circleI am deeply sorry for the forgotten ones which was entirely unintended.with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergen #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles  2012-12-19 21:58:06226241321
HQSP Natural Other3,981HQSP did it again your YOUR help!! Our Newest page with over 500  followers!!FIRST CIRCLERS CIRCLE +HQSP Natural Other This are the first 500 people who decided to follow the WONDERFUL Natural Other page from HQSP.If you like to support +HQSP Natural Other  or want to reward us for our efforts you may want to plus, comment, add and share the circle, which we very much appreciate.If you plus and comment we feel supported and get new energy to go on with the page and the project.If you add and share, we all benefit, because it spread the news and YOU and all of us get more followers and more attention for our shares.Please do keep tagging us in your photos using #hqspnaturalother  so we can keep sharing your images.Special thank you goes out to the founder of the HQSP Pages: +Rinus Bakker, our dedicated and hard working curator +Delcour Eric *and you* for adding and supporting this page.2012-12-19 12:56:06499221125
Gailen Mapes19,141Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 18th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday2012-11-28 11:41:41380418
Gailen Mapes18,118Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 13 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday2012-11-14 11:58:04396709
HQSP Motion516#HQSPCrafts by +HQSP Crafts +Carina Marsh +Alison Thurston and +Rinus Bakker WE DID IT AGAIN WITH YOUR HELP: OUR 20 th PAGE with over 500 followers. On top is still +HQSPPromotion 5966 Followed by +HQSPwinners 4108 and +HQSP Info 3831. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!FIRST CIRCLERS CIRCLE +HQSP Crafts  !This are the first 500 people who decided to follow the WONDERFUL Crafts page from HQSPIf you like to support +HQSP Crafts   or want to reward us for our efforts you may want to plus, comment, add and share the circle, which we very much appreciate.If you plus and comment we feel supported and get new energy to go on with the page and the project.If you add and share, we all benefit, because it spread the news and YOU and all of us get more followers and more attention for our shares.What happens if you do not add and share.Absolutely nothing, no more new friends and followers, the making of the circle would be completely in vain.#HQSPstuff  2012-11-06 18:25:0050017311
HQSP Monochrome517#HQSPMonochrome by +HQSP Monochrome +Blake Harrold +Brian Dukes  +Rinus Bakker WE DID IT AGAIN WITH YOUR HELP: OUR 16th PAGE with over 500 followers. On top is still +HQSPPromotion  5966 Followed by +HQSPwinners  4108 and +HQSP Info  3831. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!FIRST CIRCLERS CIRCLE +HQSP Monochrome  !This are the first 500 people who decided to follow the WONDERFUL MMONOCHROME page from HQSPIf you like to support +HQSP Monochrome   or want to reward us for our efforts you may want to plus, comment, add and share the circle, which we very much appreciate.If you plus and comment we feel supported and get new energy to go on with the page and the project.If you add and share, we all benefit, because it spread the news and YOU and all of us get more followers and more attention for our shares.What happens if you do not add and share.Absolutely nothing, no more new friends and followers, the making of the circle would be completely in vain.#HQSPstuff  2012-11-06 15:51:27500231727
Michael Husband1,970This Circle simply if the Best Creative You Can Find Today from all Branches of the Spectrum! I've built this Circle and It's time to Share with all! 2012-11-04 23:05:54500606
Gailen Mapes17,111Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday2012-10-28 10:23:583727010
Adam Kumiszcza25,614Wildlife photographers v. 23Another full update. All people here were checked "manually" by me to see if they still post wildlife. Some people (+Jari Peltomäki, +Alexander Safonov and others) became inactive here, but there are also some new. Please reshare.To check if you're included here, click on View shared circle and then search for your name in a Search in this circle box.If you post wildlife photos regularly on G+, please comment here and I'll include you in the next update.2012-10-17 12:39:58500313330
Gailen Mapes16,222Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about2012-10-14 10:37:37378816
Rami Saarikorpi14,842The World's Best Photographers circle update is here again! Some modifications, adds and edits done in these circles. This is Circle 3/5. So remember to check the other circles to, if you are looking for your self.IMPORTANT!If you are in one of these circles. Mark + to this update and share it! That's the only way to get more people in these circles and get your self to other circles.2012-10-01 09:38:1948951012
Gailen Mapes15,087Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about2012-09-28 10:53:39367619
Gailen Mapes14,264Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 15th.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about2012-09-14 10:41:14370506
Gailen Mapes13,735Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 1st.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about2012-08-28 17:19:1638811111
Gailen Mapes12,887Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 15th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published July 1.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about2012-07-28 10:41:48390816
Margaret Tompkins25,055<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Great Photographers With < 25,000 FollowersThe photographers here are all in my personal circles.  The choices are mine and mine alone.  No one asked, begged, or pleaded to belong.  No bribes were offered or accepted.  These are the people that I follow because I appreciate their great quality photography and their interaction.  Most I have met as I help curate several of the photography themes.  There are NO requirements to share this circle.  I would appreciate the people in this circle plus the post, leave a comment, and share the circle as public.  Each profile has been verified by me.  Each has < 25,000 followers (when they were put into the circle), and most are between 10,000 and 25,000 followers.  They each have high quality original photography content.  You won’t find many animated gifs!I wasn’t included, what do I do?  If you meet the criteria, weren’t included, but think you should be, then leave me a comment.  Maybe I don’t know about you.  There are millions of people on G+ and I don’t know everyone.  However, I’ll be happy to have a look at your work if you will call it to my attention.There’s a really great photographer XXX that you didn’t include.  Please feel free to recommend qualified people.  I discover new people every day and would be happy to look at their work.  Please make sure that the recommended person meets the criteria.  If they don’t then that tells me a lot about you! #Circleshare     #Sharedcircles  2012-07-25 23:09:23497209111208
Martin Bailey37,482It's been a while since I shared my Photography circle, so here goes.This circle is the result of a year on Google+ interacting with many, many amazing photographers. It isn't a comprehensive list of the best photogs on G+, and it doesn't contain everyone that I interact with or follow. I have a few other circles for people that share good info but don't interact, and I have some lists of friends that haven't taken the time to upload enough photos to make their profile look pretty. I'll shift them over when their profiles look good. Superficial? Yes, but I like things to look pretty.This isn't a list that I'll add people to on request. If our paths cross and you share good content, I'll add you in due course. If you think you should be in here but aren't, I'm sorry. Let's stay friends and you'll be in their someday if you continue to share original and interesting photography related information.There are also a number of people that write in Japanese in here. If you don't like posts in languages you don't understand, weed those plussers out later, but they are in the list primarily because they're great photographers, so hopefully you'll keep them circled.Enjoy...2012-07-18 12:47:18438491249
Gailen Mapes12,552Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Other or Unknown Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.I am now sharing one circle per day, for the reason see: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/posts/RrPNTzHhQuHAs before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published June 15.)I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about2012-07-14 15:36:17384412
Adam Kumiszcza24,094Wildlife photographers v. 22Another full update. All people here were checked "manually" by me to see if they still post wildlife. Please reshare.To check if you're included here, click on View shared circle and then search for your name in a Search in this circle box.If you post wildlife photos regularly on G+, please comment here and I'll include you in the next update.2012-06-18 06:02:16490666172
Sumit Sen43,823Bird Photography Tips CircleYou are receiving a notification of this post because you have shown interest in the proposed interactive Bird Photography Tips and Tricks presentations.This is a temporary circle consisting of all those who have shown interest in following tips that I will share on bird photography based on the the post dated 6th June: http://bit.ly/KzuYup and the previous one dated 2nd June: http://bit.ly/M6cQ99 The 1st presentation will be uploaded on Tuesday 19th June (and on 6 Tuesdays thereafter). It will be sent out to members in this circle only. My apologies if you are included by mistake, in which case this is the time to tell me. And apologies also in case I missed your name due to oversight. Tell me now and I will update the circle.Many thanks for your interest. I am enjoying working on the presentations and hope to learn from the exchange of ideas and techniques.  #birdphotolessons  2012-06-15 16:00:3410352470
Gailen Mapes11,195Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Unknown or Other Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.As before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes  and scroll back to June 15th for this set.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...2012-06-15 12:00:23386817
Gailen Mapes10,625Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Unknown or Other Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.My last share of the "hand picked" circles was May 17th. As before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 31st for this set.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...2012-05-31 20:35:5137712011
Natty Netsuwan7,012FoodFriday is almost here. Please come and join us this Friday. ───────────────────────────────────     FoodFriday "Thank You" circle      ──────          1st June 2012             ─────────────────────────────────── • We thank everyone for their wonderful & yummy posts and supportive comments & +1s.• Tag your post so that it's easier for us to find them: #FoodFriday +FoodFriday curated by +Nicholas Ong +D. DeMonteverde +Natty Netsuwan • There was a fair turnout last week. Hopefully the circles include everyone that contributed to FoodFriday last week, but experience says we missed some. The circle includes people that shared their images and those who commented or shared a FoodFriday post. Everyone is important to the success of the theme.The Curators and +FoodFriday thank you for joining us this past week!2012-05-31 08:27:502235216
Robby Bowles28,315High Volume Wildlife Circle 3.0I try not to share circles too often but it's time to reshare my High Volume Wildlife Circle version 3! I wanted this circle to provide a high volume of wildlife flowing through the stream at all times. So there are many excellent wildlife photographers who share quite a few other types of images that I have left out to maintain the high volume of wildlife. I recommend making this its own circle even if you already have a wildlife circle. I usually go to this circle when I want to see a ton of wildlife photography. Enjoy!Feel Free To Share!#WildlifeWednesday2012-05-03 00:21:00100326
Jeff Wendorff24,521#BirdPoker curated by +Phil Armishaw Here is the latest update to the Bird Poker circle. As always, If I've missed you, just leave me a comment and of course feel free to share and share and share! :-)2012-04-22 20:47:2446391011
Jeff Wendorff24,047#BirdPoker curated by +Phil Armishaw Here is the latest version of the Bird Poker Circle. Please feel free to share and should you find yourself missing just let me know and I'll add you for the next version...2012-04-15 20:56:024298159
Alik Griffin5,462PhotographersSo I think I've finally got a pretty solid circle of photographers ready to share. I've been refining this for the last month, adding photographers who have a good eye and aesthetic that I think are good. I like photography that takes you places and allows you to see people and things from all parts of the world from perspectives you've never seen before. I think many of the photographers in this circle do that very well. These are all very active G+ users and should provide your stream with some really nice content. If you are new to G+ you can start growing your network and enhancing your stream with with some of googles greatest.Please share.#photography #photographers #sharedcircles #artists2012-04-13 00:13:54485383034
Nicolas Green5,438Public CirclesAdd it if you like, these are cool people who always share and comment. Reshare please. #art #artist2012-04-02 15:49:544957313
Jeff Wendorff23,156It has been a while since I released a copy of the Bird Poker Circle. Feel free to re-share and of course if you are not on the list and would like to be just leave a comment and I'll add you for the next version.2012-04-01 15:48:36406121916
Adam Kumiszcza21,730Wildlife photographers v. 21Full update.It has been two months since my last full update. I browsed through each person here to check if she/he continues to share own wildlife photos. Many were found inactive again, but also some people reappeared. Please reshare.To check if you're included here, click on View shared circle and then search for your name in a Search in this circle box.If you post wildlife photos regularly on G+, please comment here and I'll include you in the next update.2012-03-30 07:11:05500567964
Gailen Mapes7,020Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Unknown or Other Camera R-Z - 14 of 14Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. I have had to split some circles because they exceeded 500 members.My last share of the "hand picked" circles was March 15. As before these circles are photographers that I admire. They also have "more photos, less spam." There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).Be sure to get all 14 circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 22 for this set.A word about spam... A lot of previously good photographers are sharing a lot of goofy stuff these days. Remember, if you are in the "Hand Picked" circles, you are represented as "more photos, less spam." Goofy animated GIFs don't hack it and I reserve the right to drop you from these circles. So if you were dropped, this is probably the reason. (I have the same 5000 limit as everyone else. I can't afford to keep spammers in my circles.)2012-03-22 20:20:5832616111
Wayne Marinovich10,421Hello everyone.Though it was about time to share a my first circle with the good folks in Googleshere. And my first share is on a subject that is close to my heart - Nature and wildlife.This is my Wildlife and Nature Photographers circle that i follow and there are some great pros in this circle as well as some up and coming talents. The main criteria for this circle was always that they shoot their own content. Happy to add more, or include folks that you think should be included as longs they have their own content and have a reasonable update profile.Hope you enjoy their great work and feel free to pass it on..Stay well2012-02-17 17:28:2743219810

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2012-06-11 11:01:57 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

#birdpoker Woodpeckers curated by +Phil Armishaw 
The male of a confiding pair of Greater Flamebacks. I share a good relationship with them. The female can be seen here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/105080829848875955741/posts/YDuLaABBFyK
At a small bird sanctuary near Kolkata, India. The place is full of termite infested trees and these bird love termites. 

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2013-02-03 18:29:35 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Close up of a Tawny Eagle - immature. Dark Morph.
Tal Chappar WLS, Rajasthan, India - last October.

Three immature birds, one pale morph and two dark morphs, were seen on a tree beside the main road inside the sanctuary. This one was too close to the car and parts of it went out of frame. This is a resized image and at 100%, I could see a mirror image of the car in the eye of the bird!

#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsofpreysunday  by +Jeffrey Van Daele  +Diego Cattaneo  +Birds Of Prey Sunday
#eyesonsunday  by +Sonia Kalčić  +Eyes On Sunday 
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds... more »

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2013-02-03 18:29:35 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Close up of a Tawny Eagle - immature. Dark Morph.
Tal Chappar WLS, Rajasthan, India - last October.

Three immature birds, one pale morph and two dark morphs, were seen on a tree beside the main road inside the sanctuary. This one was too close to the car and parts of it went out of frame. This is a resized image and at 100%, I could see a mirror image of the car in the eye of the bird!

#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsofpreysunday  by +Jeffrey Van Daele  +Diego Cattaneo  +Birds Of Prey Sunday
#eyesonsunday  by +Sonia Kalčić  +Eyes On Sunday 
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds... more »

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2013-05-16 18:29:07 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Long-tailed Wren Babbler / Naga Wren Babbler - male in full song
Spelaeornis chocolatinus
Earlier this month. Nagaland. India. 

This little birdy has a very restricted range - parts of Nagaland and North Manipur in North Eastern India - and a small and declining population. Rapid deforestation in its range keeps contributing to its decline. It is currently classified by IUCN as Near Threatened.

For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds

Long-tailed Wren Babbler / Naga Wren Babbler - male in full song
Spelaeornis chocolatinus
Earlier this month. Nagaland. India. 

This little birdy has a very restricted range - parts of Nagaland and North Manipur in North Eastern India - and a small and declining population. Rapid deforestation in its range keeps contributing to its decline. It is currently classified by IUCN as Near Threatened.

For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds___

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2013-04-10 18:20:33 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Hoary-bellied Squirrel- shot last month near Siliguri. West Bengal.
A common squirrel of Himalayan foothills. Had seen this on countless occasions, but this was the first time at eye level with a decent background and distance. Kept feeding without paying much attention.  #wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays   by +Mike Spinak  , +Morkel Erasmus 

Hoary-bellied Squirrel- shot last month near Siliguri. West Bengal.
A common squirrel of Himalayan foothills. Had seen this on countless occasions, but this was the first time at eye level with a decent background and distance. Kept feeding without paying much attention.  #wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays   by +Mike Spinak  , +Morkel Erasmus ___

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2013-04-06 11:53:27 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Common Pochard - male in flight.
Shot last month at Gajoldoba. West Bengal, India.

#birdpoker BIF curated by +Phil Armishaw  theme chosen by +Mike Haley 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds

Common Pochard - male in flight.
Shot last month at Gajoldoba. West Bengal, India.

#birdpoker BIF curated by +Phil Armishaw  theme chosen by +Mike Haley 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds___

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2013-04-03 18:32:26 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

In the dark recesses of my mind, there are strange creatures 
Water Monitor for #wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays  by +Mike Spinak  , +Morkel Erasmus  

In the dark recesses of my mind, there are strange creatures 
Water Monitor for #wildlifewednesday +Wildlife Wednesdays  by +Mike Spinak  , +Morkel Erasmus  ___

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2013-02-07 18:00:19 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

This is one of my favorite birds – the Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta Formosa.  This bird is patchily distributed in the evergreen montane forests of North-Eastern India and parts of South East Asia. This one was shot in Eastern Himalayas, in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
In a way, this bird is quite representative of its habitat – spectacularly beautiful and vanishing fast. Deforestation resulting in degradation and fragmentation of its habitat has severely restricted its numbers.  It is categorized as vulnerable by IUCN. 
For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo and +Sandy Schepis 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide curated by +R... more »

This is one of my favorite birds – the Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta Formosa.  This bird is patchily distributed in the evergreen montane forests of North-Eastern India and parts of South East Asia. This one was shot in Eastern Himalayas, in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
In a way, this bird is quite representative of its habitat – spectacularly beautiful and vanishing fast. Deforestation resulting in degradation and fragmentation of its habitat has severely restricted its numbers.  It is categorized as vulnerable by IUCN. 
For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo and +Sandy Schepis 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds___

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2013-02-05 17:33:58 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

A female Pied Bushchat that chose an interesting perch. 

#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds

A female Pied Bushchat that chose an interesting perch. 

#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds___

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2013-02-03 18:29:35 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Close up of a Tawny Eagle - immature. Dark Morph.
Tal Chappar WLS, Rajasthan, India - last October.

Three immature birds, one pale morph and two dark morphs, were seen on a tree beside the main road inside the sanctuary. This one was too close to the car and parts of it went out of frame. This is a resized image and at 100%, I could see a mirror image of the car in the eye of the bird!

#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsofpreysunday  by +Jeffrey Van Daele  +Diego Cattaneo  +Birds Of Prey Sunday
#eyesonsunday  by +Sonia Kalčić  +Eyes On Sunday 
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds... more »

Close up of a Tawny Eagle - immature. Dark Morph.
Tal Chappar WLS, Rajasthan, India - last October.

Three immature birds, one pale morph and two dark morphs, were seen on a tree beside the main road inside the sanctuary. This one was too close to the car and parts of it went out of frame. This is a resized image and at 100%, I could see a mirror image of the car in the eye of the bird!

#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen
#birdsofpreysunday  by +Jeffrey Van Daele  +Diego Cattaneo  +Birds Of Prey Sunday
#eyesonsunday  by +Sonia Kalčić  +Eyes On Sunday 
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds___

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2013-01-06 17:44:12 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Another image of a Heuglin's Gull shot last November
Coastal West Bengal, India.

For #shorebirdsunday  curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and  +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds

Another image of a Heuglin's Gull shot last November
Coastal West Bengal, India.

For #shorebirdsunday  curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Marina Versaci
#Birds4All by +Ricky L Jones & +Walter Soestbergen (+Birds4All)
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
#BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and  +Walter Soestbergen
#birdPhotography #birdPhotographs #birds___

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2013-01-05 16:37:58 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Wishing all a happy and bountiful 2013.
A Heuglin's Gull from Frazergung, Coastal West Bengal, India
11th Nov, 2012.

Wishing all a happy and bountiful 2013.
A Heuglin's Gull from Frazergung, Coastal West Bengal, India
11th Nov, 2012.___

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2012-12-29 17:26:05 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A very unusual unboxing
I have been in and out of hospitals since the 15th of this month (and at a stretch now since 20th). Pancreas problems - the root cause of which was finally thankfully identified and fixed. Hopefully will be out before new year.

Now when all this was taking place, a lens that I ordered a few days back finally arrived. This is the Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS II (the new model that they launched this year). It promises faster and superior optics, lighter weight (and thus handholdability - I hope), 4 stops of IS and better performance with TCs. Sounded custom made for a low light birder cum bird photographer who loves birding in the hills. Expensive, but what the heck, money is a fictitious innovation anyway.
A friend carrying the lens from the US arrived and visited me in the hospital yesterday. He brought the lens (and a 2x TC ) with him, and together we... more »

A very unusual unboxing
I have been in and out of hospitals since the 15th of this month (and at a stretch now since 20th). Pancreas problems - the root cause of which was finally thankfully identified and fixed. Hopefully will be out before new year.

Now when all this was taking place, a lens that I ordered a few days back finally arrived. This is the Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS II (the new model that they launched this year). It promises faster and superior optics, lighter weight (and thus handholdability - I hope), 4 stops of IS and better performance with TCs. Sounded custom made for a low light birder cum bird photographer who loves birding in the hills. Expensive, but what the heck, money is a fictitious innovation anyway.
A friend carrying the lens from the US arrived and visited me in the hospital yesterday. He brought the lens (and a 2x TC ) with him, and together we unboxed it on the table which generally has medication atop it. It was in one of those hard cases that Canon gives with large telephotos. I did not have a camera with me, and so could my test it, but even though I am recuperating and not exactly fully fit, the lens seemed handholdable alright. Have to work on my upper arm strength during the coming months.
Unfortunately this will not see much action during the coming months, and perhaps will not be used to it's full potential for several more. But I am already thinking of getting that Long-billed Wren Babbler which always chooses the darkest corner when it shows up.
This must be one of the most unusual unboxing of a lens of this nature and I wanted to share this image that I took from my cell.
+Sumit Sen +Kshounish Ray +Ateeb Hussain +Raj Phukan +Rajneesh Suvarna +Garima Bhatia +Suhaib Ayaz +Evelyn S. Lamprey +Mital Patel +Gaurav Mittal ___

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2012-12-10 18:33:31 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Monochrome of four Great Crested Grebes taking off in unison. 

I shoot birds mainly for documentation and in most of my images I strive to maintain natural colors. However this one was not making much impact in color - at least at a smaller scale fit for viewing on a monitor. BW looked slightly better for online posts.

#photographingindia  +PhotographingIndia  curated by +Lucille Galleli  and +Mukundh B 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome   by +Blake Harrold  +Rinus Bakker +Delcour Eric  and +Brian Dukes 
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday  by +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson  +Manuel Votta  +Nurcan Azaz  +Steve Barge 

Monochrome of four Great Crested Grebes taking off in unison. 

I shoot birds mainly for documentation and in most of my images I strive to maintain natural colors. However this one was not making much impact in color - at least at a smaller scale fit for viewing on a monitor. BW looked slightly better for online posts.

#photographingindia  +PhotographingIndia  curated by +Lucille Galleli  and +Mukundh B 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome   by +Blake Harrold  +Rinus Bakker +Delcour Eric  and +Brian Dukes 
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday  by +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson  +Manuel Votta  +Nurcan Azaz  +Steve Barge ___

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2012-11-29 18:26:03 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Bengal Slow Loris Nycticebus bengalensis
A vulnerable species for #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo and +Sandy Schepis 

Slow Lorises are nocturnal primates that spend their lives in dense canopies of evergreen forests of South Asia and Indochina. There are 6 species, all of which are threatened to various degrees. Deforestation, pet trade and traditional medicine have been the primary culprits. Pet trade, in particular, has recently emerged as a major problem in SE asia, China and Japan. They look super cute with their big round eyes. Videos of pet Lorises are among the most frequently watched on youtube. This flip side of this cuteness is that everyone wants a pet Loris and since it is difficult to breed them in captivity, capturing them from the wild is the only recourse. When captured from wild, they are initially quiteaggr... more »

Bengal Slow Loris Nycticebus bengalensis
A vulnerable species for #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo and +Sandy Schepis 

Slow Lorises are nocturnal primates that spend their lives in dense canopies of evergreen forests of South Asia and Indochina. There are 6 species, all of which are threatened to various degrees. Deforestation, pet trade and traditional medicine have been the primary culprits. Pet trade, in particular, has recently emerged as a major problem in SE asia, China and Japan. They look super cute with their big round eyes. Videos of pet Lorises are among the most frequently watched on youtube. This flip side of this cuteness is that everyone wants a pet Loris and since it is difficult to breed them in captivity, capturing them from the wild is the only recourse. When captured from wild, they are initially quite aggressive and have a nasty bite. Thus their teeth are pulled out with nail-clippers (like this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nycticebus_tooth_removal_01.jpg ) often causing infection and death. 

I photographed this Bengal Slow Loris  last Sunday at Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctaury in Assam, India. It is a difficult animal to find in the wild (most photographs are of captive animals). It sleeps throughout the day in tree cavities and comes out only after it is completely dark - its large, bulging eyes providing excellent night vision. One has to wander through the forest in potential areas searching dense canopies with torchlight in the hope of seeing one, and it often takes days to find one. I considered myself quite lucky when one was spotted just after an hour of searching. I was told it was a pregnant female. It became familiar with our presence after a while and started feeding. It was extraordinary to watch this primate – so different from us apes in every aspect (I believe I looked quite strange to her as well). We speak of evolutionary arms race and how it makes the Cheetahs and the Gazelles faster and stronger. Here is an animal that has evolved to be deliberately slow- and perhaps growing slower.  Pure miracle. And we don’t know how long they will be with us. ___

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2012-11-08 17:33:45 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Amur Falcons are small raptors that breed in North China and SE Siberia and winter in East and South Africa. Large flocks - numbering in tens of thousands - pass through North Eastern India every day during the peak migration season (late Oct and early Nov) . During those months, in many parts of NE India, particularly in the state of Nagaland, they are killed en masse for consumption and commercial sale. This bird seems to be headed in the same direction as the Passenger Pigeons - from abundance to extinction.

This phenomenon of mass killing of Amur Falcons in Nagaland was known for long and was largely overlooked as something that the Naga tribals have done for ages. Only recently we have come to understand the true scale of this, thanks to commendable efforts by an organization called Conservation India. Check out this video and the accompanying article for more details
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Amur Falcons are small raptors that breed in North China and SE Siberia and winter in East and South Africa. Large flocks - numbering in tens of thousands - pass through North Eastern India every day during the peak migration season (late Oct and early Nov) . During those months, in many parts of NE India, particularly in the state of Nagaland, they are killed en masse for consumption and commercial sale. This bird seems to be headed in the same direction as the Passenger Pigeons - from abundance to extinction.

This phenomenon of mass killing of Amur Falcons in Nagaland was known for long and was largely overlooked as something that the Naga tribals have done for ages. Only recently we have come to understand the true scale of this, thanks to commendable efforts by an organization called Conservation India. Check out this video and the accompanying article for more details

http://www.conservationindia.org/campaigns/amur-massacre

Warning - the video becomes heart-wrenching after a while, even to one who is not completely unfamiliar with bush meat. One can well imagine the state of mind of +ramki sreenivasan , +shashank dalvi and others after a day of shooting such stuff. 

For #threatenedthursday  by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis and +Anette Mossbacher 
+finch wench ___

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2012-11-05 17:57:08 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The cigarette vendor

I photographed this little girl on a morning during the biggest festivities of the year in these parts (Durga Puja). She did not seem like much of a participant.
Kolkata, India. 

#photographingindia  +PhotographingIndia  curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Mukundh B 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome  by +Blake Harrold +Rinus Bakker +Delcour Eric  and +Brian Dukes 
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday by +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson +Manuel Votta +Nurcan Azaz +Steve Barge

The cigarette vendor

I photographed this little girl on a morning during the biggest festivities of the year in these parts (Durga Puja). She did not seem like much of a participant.
Kolkata, India. 

#photographingindia  +PhotographingIndia  curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Mukundh B 
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome  by +Blake Harrold +Rinus Bakker +Delcour Eric  and +Brian Dukes 
#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday by +Hans Berendsen +Jerry Johnson +Manuel Votta +Nurcan Azaz +Steve Barge___

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2012-11-04 17:02:15 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

A swooping Pallid Harrier - juvenile female
Shot on a late afternoon. About 20-25 of Pallid, Montagu's and Marsh Harriers were circling over the grassland, about to roost. 
Tal Chappar, Rajasthan, India. Oct, 2012.

For   #BirdsOfPreySunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday  curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele  and +Diego Cattaneo 
#BirdsInFocus   #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
  #BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen 

A swooping Pallid Harrier - juvenile female
Shot on a late afternoon. About 20-25 of Pallid, Montagu's and Marsh Harriers were circling over the grassland, about to roost. 
Tal Chappar, Rajasthan, India. Oct, 2012.

For   #BirdsOfPreySunday +Birds Of Prey Sunday  curated by +Jeffrey Van Daele  and +Diego Cattaneo 
#BirdsInFocus   #BirdSpeciesLink +Birds in Focus  curated by +Risto Talman 
  #BirdLoversWorldwide +BIRD LOVERS Worldwide  curated by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen ___

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2012-10-18 18:29:22 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

A Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni - photographed last Saturday
This bird is categorized as vulnarable in IUCN 3.1

A resident of Central Asia, it visits the North-western Indian subcontinent  in the winters. Till early 20th century, they used to visit their wintering grounds in huge  flocks, numbering in thousands, and were common all over Northern India and more so in the North West. Large scale habitat loss and hunting took its toll. The numbers declined and the wintering range shrunk. Now flocks of hundreds are very rare, occasionally evidenced only in a small sanctuary in Rajasthan - Tal Chappar - where this image was taken (though this particular flock only had around 20 birds).

One interesting fact about this decline is its dependence on cultivated crops and how that has affected the population.  It is generally believed that a shift from thecultivatio... more »

A Yellow-eyed Pigeon Columba eversmanni - photographed last Saturday
This bird is categorized as vulnarable in IUCN 3.1

A resident of Central Asia, it visits the North-western Indian subcontinent  in the winters. Till early 20th century, they used to visit their wintering grounds in huge  flocks, numbering in thousands, and were common all over Northern India and more so in the North West. Large scale habitat loss and hunting took its toll. The numbers declined and the wintering range shrunk. Now flocks of hundreds are very rare, occasionally evidenced only in a small sanctuary in Rajasthan - Tal Chappar - where this image was taken (though this particular flock only had around 20 birds).

One interesting fact about this decline is its dependence on cultivated crops and how that has affected the population.  It is generally believed that a shift from the cultivation of pulses and mustard to wheat and rice in its wintering grounds have affected its quality of habitat. 

For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and  +Sandy Schepis
+Threatened Thursday 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink  curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER +Walter Soestbergen ___

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2012-10-04 18:29:54 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The last of its clan
A  White-rumped Vulture  Gyps bengalensis
Critically Endangered
This bird has undergone a population decline of 99.9% in the last 15 years! Once considered the most abundant bird of prey, numbering in millions, the current global estimate is less than 10000 individuals. This decline, a fate shared with all Gyps vultures, is primarily a result of feeding on carcasses of animals treated with the veterinary drug diclofenac.
A small population survived in a grassland near Kolkata, India till late 2011. This rather worried looking individual, sitting on a lamppost, was among the last. We have not seen any vultures in that locality this year. 
For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink  curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus #birdlov... more »

The last of its clan
A  White-rumped Vulture  Gyps bengalensis
Critically Endangered
This bird has undergone a population decline of 99.9% in the last 15 years! Once considered the most abundant bird of prey, numbering in millions, the current global estimate is less than 10000 individuals. This decline, a fate shared with all Gyps vultures, is primarily a result of feeding on carcasses of animals treated with the veterinary drug diclofenac.
A small population survived in a grassland near Kolkata, India till late 2011. This rather worried looking individual, sitting on a lamppost, was among the last. We have not seen any vultures in that locality this year. 
For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink  curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER and +Walter Soestbergen ___

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2012-09-15 16:39:40 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Brown Shrike - a winter visitor in these parts. This one is from last season - a "first-winter" bird. They have started coming back. 
For #songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink # curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER   and +Walter Soestbergen 

Brown Shrike - a winter visitor in these parts. This one is from last season - a "first-winter" bird. They have started coming back. 
For #songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink # curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER   and +Walter Soestbergen ___

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2012-09-13 18:20:00 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

The Nilgiri Wood Pigeon Columba elphinstonii is an endemic of Western Ghats of Southwestern India. This beautiful bird - an inhabitant of moist deciduous forests and high altitude evergreen forests of the region (called sholas) - is classified as Vulnerable . Large scale destruction and fragmentation of its habitat has caused significant damage to its numbers. 
From Nandi Hills, Karnataka, India. March, 2012.
For #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher +Sandy Schepis 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink  curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen 
#exploreindia 

The Nilgiri Wood Pigeon Columba elphinstonii is an endemic of Western Ghats of Southwestern India. This beautiful bird - an inhabitant of moist deciduous forests and high altitude evergreen forests of the region (called sholas) - is classified as Vulnerable . Large scale destruction and fragmentation of its habitat has caused significant damage to its numbers. 
From Nandi Hills, Karnataka, India. March, 2012.
For #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher +Sandy Schepis 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink  curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER  and +Walter Soestbergen 
#exploreindia ___

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2012-09-07 07:08:12 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Resharing a post from yesterday which I had forgotten to make "public" :-|

This is the vulnerable Bristled Grassbird Chaetornis striata - a niche inhabitant of the swampy grasslands and reedbed. Like many other grassland bird species of South Asia, it is under threat due of loss and degradation of its habitat through drainage and conversion to agriculture.
While occurring mostly in Indo-Nepal Terai, they are patchily distributed throughout the country and occasionally turn up in least expected areas. This individual was photographed a couple of years back by  +Sumit Sen +Kshounish Ray and myself, at a grassland just south of the city of Kolkata, barely a couple of miles from where I live. 
For #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo and +Sandy Schepis +Threatened Thursday 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink  curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER and +Walter Soestbergen 
#exploreindia ___Resharing a post from yesterday which I had forgotten to make "public" :-|

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2012-08-22 10:56:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

A very belated Happy Birthday +Sumit Sen 
Just found out about it from posts of fellow G Plussers. Wish you have many more happy birthdays and birddays. 
Here's an image that I thought no one on G+ will like more than you. 
#happybirthdaysumitsen 

A very belated Happy Birthday +Sumit Sen 
Just found out about it from posts of fellow G Plussers. Wish you have many more happy birthdays and birddays. 
Here's an image that I thought no one on G+ will like more than you. 
#happybirthdaysumitsen ___

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2012-08-20 19:22:44 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510 etc.
Wish I had shot it with less dof but whats done is done. 
#macromonday   curated by +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim and +Jennifer Eden 
+Macro Monday 

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510 etc.
Wish I had shot it with less dof but whats done is done. 
#macromonday   curated by +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim and +Jennifer Eden 
+Macro Monday ___

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2012-08-20 18:06:29 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Yellow-cheeked Tit
Mishmi Hills, NE India. 
#Birdpoker  on a branch curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER 
#exploreindia 

Yellow-cheeked Tit
Mishmi Hills, NE India. 
#Birdpoker  on a branch curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER 
#exploreindia ___

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2012-08-18 15:26:25 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Flowerpeckers are the smallest birds of India. The size of this one is the same as a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
#songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER 
#exploreindia 

Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Flowerpeckers are the smallest birds of India. The size of this one is the same as a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
#songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#birdloversworldwide  by +Robert SKREINER 
#exploreindia ___

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2012-08-06 16:56:58 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Mostly Black curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Another Watercock. This is an unusual image of a bird which is generally considered somewhat reclusive. I wish the background was better. 

#BirdPoker Mostly Black curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Another Watercock. This is an unusual image of a bird which is generally considered somewhat reclusive. I wish the background was better. ___

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2012-08-06 08:02:46 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Mostly Black curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Last monsoon, at a grassland near Kolkata, India.
Shot on a very wet morning from a car window while it was pouring outside.
This was a very unusual but pleasing birding experience. Throughout the morning we could not leave the car because of the rain, and all of birding and photography was done from car windows. Watercocks were in abundance and we got to see them engaging in courtship displays.

#BirdPoker Mostly Black curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Last monsoon, at a grassland near Kolkata, India.
Shot on a very wet morning from a car window while it was pouring outside.
This was a very unusual but pleasing birding experience. Throughout the morning we could not leave the car because of the rain, and all of birding and photography was done from car windows. Watercocks were in abundance and we got to see them engaging in courtship displays.___

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2012-08-04 17:31:31 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Finally managing to get back on G+ after a long time. 
A Striated Yuhina for #songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 
The most scarce of this group of crested hill bird - this one is from Mishmi Hills in Eastern Himalayas. 
#birdpoker Songbirds curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#exploreindia 

Finally managing to get back on G+ after a long time. 
A Striated Yuhina for #songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 
The most scarce of this group of crested hill bird - this one is from Mishmi Hills in Eastern Himalayas. 
#birdpoker Songbirds curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#exploreindia ___

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2012-07-12 18:05:47 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

An Oriental Darter  demostrating why it is called so. 
There are four species of Darters / Anhingas worldwide. Three of these - the ones found in Africa, Americas and Australia, are relatively safe. But Oriental Darters, categorized by IUCN as Near-threatened, are in sharp decline. 
Sundarbans, India, June, 2011
For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#exploreindia 

An Oriental Darter  demostrating why it is called so. 
There are four species of Darters / Anhingas worldwide. Three of these - the ones found in Africa, Americas and Australia, are relatively safe. But Oriental Darters, categorized by IUCN as Near-threatened, are in sharp decline. 
Sundarbans, India, June, 2011
For #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus 
#exploreindia ___

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2012-07-05 18:37:18 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

A male Blackbuck Antilope cervicapra for #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis . This graceful antelope is Near-threatened.
From Tal Chappar, Rajasthan, India - Aug, 2011. 
+Threatened Thursday 

A male Blackbuck Antilope cervicapra for #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis . This graceful antelope is Near-threatened.
From Tal Chappar, Rajasthan, India - Aug, 2011. 
+Threatened Thursday ___

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2012-07-04 17:08:02 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

A Grey-headed Lapwing, shot on a late winter afternoon while balancing on a precarious, wobbly, water-filled rowboat.
Near Jalpaiguri, India - Jan, 2011.

#wildlifewednesday   curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus 
#wadingbirdwednesday  +Water Bird Wednesday by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar and +Margaret Tompkins 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus  (discovered  #BirdSpeciesLink yesterday and I think its a great idea)
#exploreindia 

A Grey-headed Lapwing, shot on a late winter afternoon while balancing on a precarious, wobbly, water-filled rowboat.
Near Jalpaiguri, India - Jan, 2011.

#wildlifewednesday   curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus 
#wadingbirdwednesday  +Water Bird Wednesday by +Ray Bilcliff +Sherry McBriar and +Margaret Tompkins 
#BirdsInFocus #BirdSpeciesLink curated by +Risto Talman +Birds in Focus  (discovered  #BirdSpeciesLink yesterday and I think its a great idea)
#exploreindia ___

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2012-07-01 21:03:42 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

#birdpoker  Blue curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie.
Mayodia. Eastern Himalayas. 

#birdpoker  Blue curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie.
Mayodia. Eastern Himalayas. ___

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2012-06-28 18:09:44 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Resharing a reprocessed & reuploaded image of the nominate race of Spotted Creeper Salpornis spilonotus spilonotus for #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen , +Anette Mossbacher , +Sandy Schepis and +Diego Cattaneo 

This bird is quite rare and patchily distributed in India, and all recent reports are from a small region in the NW Indian state of Rajasthan. It is particularly partial towards one tree - Prosopis cineraria, and this niche preference of habitat and restricted range keeps the numbers low. Consequently it is one of the most sought after birds for Indian birders, and tops many wishlists.

Spotted Creeper is also Least Concern according to IUCN 3.1!  So what’s with that?

To be a threatened species, a bird population has to be threatened as well as a distinct ‘species’. For birds, the IUCN evaluations are done at a species level. The Indianpopulation ... more »

Tal Chappar, 2011___Resharing a reprocessed & reuploaded image of the nominate race of Spotted Creeper Salpornis spilonotus spilonotus for #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen , +Anette Mossbacher , +Sandy Schepis and +Diego Cattaneo 

This bird is quite rare and patchily distributed in India, and all recent reports are from a small region in the NW Indian state of Rajasthan. It is particularly partial towards one tree - Prosopis cineraria, and this niche preference of habitat and restricted range keeps the numbers low. Consequently it is one of the most sought after birds for Indian birders, and tops many wishlists.

Spotted Creeper is also Least Concern according to IUCN 3.1!  So what’s with that?

To be a threatened species, a bird population has to be threatened as well as a distinct ‘species’. For birds, the IUCN evaluations are done at a species level. The Indian population of spotted creeper, though rare, is a subspecies. There is a much larger African population (with a number of other subspecies) which is distributed over a fairly large range. The threat perception to the species as a whole is low, and Spotted Creeper is technically not endangered – yet. 

Now the fun part – recent research based on genetic evidence suggests that the Indian and the African birds, having undergone long geographic isolation, have evolved in two distinct species genetically quite divergent from one another.The moment this gets generally accepted by the scientific community, Spotted Creepers of India will become a full species and will be reevaluated and acknowledged as threatened. It is interesting how molecular phylogeny -and not the number of individuals or rate of decline or environmental factors - will dictate whether to consider these birds threatened or not. 

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2012-06-27 10:41:17 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Resharing for #Birdpoker  drinking curated by +Phil Armishaw 

There exists a very small sanctuary to the south of the city of Kolkata, India, where, in the months of summer, the only source of water is a small puddle at the base of a handpump. During hot summer afternoons, provided one does not mind the heat, it is a good place to watch and photograph the birdlife of the sanctuary (which is considerable despite the small area).
Among the many species of birds that bathe and drink there, the Emerald Dove is the most wary and timid. One can see its fleeting glimpses in the bushes behind the puddle, where it waits for other cacophonous groups to depart. Only when the ripples have died down and the puddle is empty, it cautiously approaches the water, dips its beak and drinks to its hearts content.

I am not sure whether this image qualifies for #ThirstyThursdayPics or not as it does not have lakes, rivers or seas in it (and I will remove the tag if +Giuseppe Basile thinks it does not). But to me, the bird seemed to exemplify “thirst” and thus I thought it might.___Resharing for #Birdpoker  drinking curated by +Phil Armishaw 

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2012-06-27 10:39:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is important. Please read. 

There is a serious threat faced by Narcondam Island and the endemic and endangered Narcondam Hornbill. There is a proposal from the Indian Coast Guard to build a RADAR installation and a diesel power generation station on the island which could seriously threaten this tiny island and its hornbill population.___This is important. Please read. 

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2012-06-27 10:38:14 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

A Ruddy-breasted Crake from East Kolkata.
Shot in early morning light, at a small marsh well within the periphery of the city. 
For #wildlifewednesday   curated by +Mike Spinak , and 
#wadingbirdwednesday  curated by +Ray Bilcliff 

A Ruddy-breasted Crake from East Kolkata.
Shot in early morning light, at a small marsh well within the periphery of the city. 
For #wildlifewednesday   curated by +Mike Spinak , and 
#wadingbirdwednesday  curated by +Ray Bilcliff ___

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2012-06-12 16:13:45 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

For #birdpoker  black & white curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis
Rajasthan, India. August, 2011

For #birdpoker  black & white curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis
Rajasthan, India. August, 2011___

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2012-06-11 11:01:57 (29 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

#birdpoker Woodpeckers curated by +Phil Armishaw 
The male of a confiding pair of Greater Flamebacks. I share a good relationship with them. The female can be seen here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/105080829848875955741/posts/YDuLaABBFyK
At a small bird sanctuary near Kolkata, India. The place is full of termite infested trees and these bird love termites. 

#birdpoker Woodpeckers curated by +Phil Armishaw 
The male of a confiding pair of Greater Flamebacks. I share a good relationship with them. The female can be seen here - https://plus.google.com/u/0/105080829848875955741/posts/YDuLaABBFyK
At a small bird sanctuary near Kolkata, India. The place is full of termite infested trees and these bird love termites. ___

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2012-06-07 18:31:05 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Laggar Falcon Falco jugger
This beautiful raptor is near-threatened - mainly due to spread of cultivation in its range and rampant use of pesticides - which affects its prey base. 
Resharing for #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis 

Laggar Falcon at Tal Chappar.
We encountered this bird moments before sunset. It was a lifer, just about 20 feet away, busy tearing off an unfortunate Desert Jird. But the light was low, and this turned out to be the only reasonably sharp one from among 20 shots.
The previous picture in this album shows the (most possible) species that the bird was feeding on.___Laggar Falcon Falco jugger
This beautiful raptor is near-threatened - mainly due to spread of cultivation in its range and rampant use of pesticides - which affects its prey base. 
Resharing for #threatenedthursday  curated by +Sumit Sen +Anette Mossbacher +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis 

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2012-06-03 16:27:02 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

For #shorebirdsunday curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Greater Sand Plover from Coastal West Bengal, India.
Feb, 2012.
[See whether you can spot the differences with Lesser Sand Plover - which is the previous image in this album]

For #shorebirdsunday curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Greater Sand Plover from Coastal West Bengal, India.
Feb, 2012.
[See whether you can spot the differences with Lesser Sand Plover - which is the previous image in this album]___

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2012-06-02 16:19:49 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis from Neora Valley National Park, India (~8000 ft)
For #songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs 

Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis from Neora Valley National Park, India (~8000 ft)
For #songbirdsaturday  curated by +John Briggs ___

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2012-05-31 18:17:56 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

For #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher +Sandy Schepis - a species that almost faded away.
Mother and baby Asian One-horned Rhinoceros from Kaziranga.

These were once common herbivores which ranged free all over the riverine grasslands of Northern and North eastern India. Habitat loss was perhaps always a major problem, but large scale trophy hunting during the 19th century made it suffer the same fate as the American Bison – only worse. At the turn on the century there were less than 100 left in the wild. Since then they have bounced back, primarily due to excellent protection in some National Parks, and now there are almost 3000. But pressure from poachers still remains a major threat and it has succeeded in wiping out entire populations even within some protected areas –like the Manas National Park on Indo-Bhutan border. K... more »

For #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Anette Mossbacher +Sandy Schepis - a species that almost faded away.
Mother and baby Asian One-horned Rhinoceros from Kaziranga.

These were once common herbivores which ranged free all over the riverine grasslands of Northern and North eastern India. Habitat loss was perhaps always a major problem, but large scale trophy hunting during the 19th century made it suffer the same fate as the American Bison – only worse. At the turn on the century there were less than 100 left in the wild. Since then they have bounced back, primarily due to excellent protection in some National Parks, and now there are almost 3000. But pressure from poachers still remains a major threat and it has succeeded in wiping out entire populations even within some protected areas –like the Manas National Park on Indo-Bhutan border.
Kaziranga National Park, one of the oldest protected areas of the country, is a success story. From just 12 rhinos in 1905, the population has grown to more than 2000 today. About two-third of the world population lives here (not a good thing altogether, a catastrophic event here would destroy most of the species).

Kaziranga, Assam – Feb, 2011.___

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2012-05-27 14:26:21 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

For #shorebirdsunday curated by +Phil Armishaw
Lesser Sand Plover from Coastal West Bengal, India.
Feb, 2012

For #shorebirdsunday curated by +Phil Armishaw
Lesser Sand Plover from Coastal West Bengal, India.
Feb, 2012___

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2012-05-27 13:42:20 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Gray curated by +Phil Armishaw
Grey-crested Tit - a high altitude tit. This was shot at ~12,000 feet in Eastern Himalayas.

#BirdPoker Gray curated by +Phil Armishaw
Grey-crested Tit - a high altitude tit. This was shot at ~12,000 feet in Eastern Himalayas.___

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2012-05-26 11:23:57 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Black-hooded Oriole
Common bird around here, but I love it for its striking colors and melodious call.
For #songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs
+SongbirdSaturday

Black-hooded Oriole
Common bird around here, but I love it for its striking colors and melodious call.
For #songbirdsaturday curated by +John Briggs
+SongbirdSaturday___

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2012-05-26 11:08:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For Lee Daniels.
Please read, share, and if you feel like, donate.

A call out to kindness

There are many things I need to be thankful for this year. One of those is the amazing list of friends and opportunities that I've been gifted with by being part of this community. Friends like +Lee Daniels, photographer, co-curator of #womenwednesday and as of last week, a lung cancer patient. Lee's battle has just begun and as you can imagine she will need some support. I have setup a website to help with the fundraising. Visit:

http://hashtagcure.org

You may help Lee directly by using the donate button on the upper right hand side of the page. You may also grab one of the fundraising t-shirts that have the site's logo and Lee's name. All proceeds will go to help Lee down the uphill road she has ahead.

Remember there's no worse than doing nothing because you can only do a little. Every last bit helps...___For Lee Daniels.
Please read, share, and if you feel like, donate.

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2012-05-25 16:47:08 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

#BirdPoker Rare, curated by +Phil Armishaw
This is a male Eyebrowed Thrush - a major rarity in this part of India. Seen for about a week in late April, 2009 in the southern outskirts of Kolkata, which was the only time the bird was seen in South Bengal, very likely on passage migration.
It used to come to drink water from a small pool at the base of a handpump, and repeated vigils on summer afternoons in front of this spot finally paid off.

#BirdPoker Rare, curated by +Phil Armishaw
This is a male Eyebrowed Thrush - a major rarity in this part of India. Seen for about a week in late April, 2009 in the southern outskirts of Kolkata, which was the only time the bird was seen in South Bengal, very likely on passage migration.
It used to come to drink water from a small pool at the base of a handpump, and repeated vigils on summer afternoons in front of this spot finally paid off.___

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2012-05-24 18:35:04 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Chestnut-backed Laughingthrushes Garrulax nuchalis for #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis and +Anette Mossbacher. These birds are classified as Near-theatened
The image is not a very good one, but I suppose the rarity of these birds will make up for that to some extent. Digboi Oilfields, in Upper Assam, where this image was taken, is one of the very few places where these are seen with some regularity. This oilfield (the first one of India, now largely abandoned), with its rusty old rigs and heavy smell of crude is a very unusual birding location – and these are the star birds there. There are almost no records in recent times outside of this oilfield and very little is known of their status.
+Threatened Thursday

Chestnut-backed Laughingthrushes Garrulax nuchalis for #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Diego Cattaneo +Sandy Schepis and +Anette Mossbacher. These birds are classified as Near-theatened
The image is not a very good one, but I suppose the rarity of these birds will make up for that to some extent. Digboi Oilfields, in Upper Assam, where this image was taken, is one of the very few places where these are seen with some regularity. This oilfield (the first one of India, now largely abandoned), with its rusty old rigs and heavy smell of crude is a very unusual birding location – and these are the star birds there. There are almost no records in recent times outside of this oilfield and very little is known of their status.
+Threatened Thursday___

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2012-05-17 18:30:07 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Stoliczka's Bushchat or the White-browed Bushchat Saxicola macrorhynchus - a vulnerable species. This is a male coming out of its breeding plumage.

This was photographed at a small sanctuary called Tal Chappar, on the fringes of the Thar Desert. Some areas in and around this desert are strongholds of the Stoliczka's Bushchat, which is endemic to the NW Indian subcontinent.

The Thar, which mostly lies within the Indian state of Rajasthan, is one of the largest subtropical deserts. The population density is very low compared to the rest of the country and yet it is one of the most heavily populated desert areas in the world. In the last few decades, major canal systems have come into existence which has brought about a “green revolution” by transforming arid scrubland into lush green agricultural fields (one of which is in the background of this image).Agr... more »

Stoliczka's Bushchat or the White-browed Bushchat Saxicola macrorhynchus - a vulnerable species. This is a male coming out of its breeding plumage.

This was photographed at a small sanctuary called Tal Chappar, on the fringes of the Thar Desert. Some areas in and around this desert are strongholds of the Stoliczka's Bushchat, which is endemic to the NW Indian subcontinent.

The Thar, which mostly lies within the Indian state of Rajasthan, is one of the largest subtropical deserts. The population density is very low compared to the rest of the country and yet it is one of the most heavily populated desert areas in the world. In the last few decades, major canal systems have come into existence which has brought about a “green revolution” by transforming arid scrubland into lush green agricultural fields (one of which is in the background of this image). Agricultural productivity and improved living standards for people have come at a cost - transformation of the natural habitat of those creatures that thrive in the arid scrub and the desert, like this bird. Widespread use of pesticides in these fields and overgrazing of the pastures also keeps contributing to its vulnerability.

Nowadays this bird is seen with some regularity at Tal Chappar, a few locations in the neighboring state of Gujarat, and is a major rarity elsewhere. Its present breeding locations are not well known.
For #threatenedthursday curated by +Sumit Sen +Sandy Schepis +Anette Mossbacher and +Diego Cattaneo
+Threatened Thursday___

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2012-05-16 18:23:58 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Large-tailed Nightjars are not very uncommon around here, but one always finds them in shady places amidst lots of dead vegetation. This was a welcome exception.
Southern outskirts of Kolkata. March, 2012.
For #wildlifewednesday curated by +Mike Spinak

Large-tailed Nightjars are not very uncommon around here, but one always finds them in shady places amidst lots of dead vegetation. This was a welcome exception.
Southern outskirts of Kolkata. March, 2012.
For #wildlifewednesday curated by +Mike Spinak___

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2012-05-10 18:08:29 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

For #ThreatenedThursday curated by +Diego Cattaneo , +Sumit Sen , +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis

A rather worried looking Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala. This is by no means a rarity in South Asia. They are among the most visible features of many wetlands of peninsular and western India, often living in large, noisy colonies. Inspite of being apparently abundant, they are classified as Near Threatened acc. to. IUCN 3.1, and you just have to look at the numbers to see why. The estimates from 1994 are that of ~15,000 individuals in South Asia and <10,000 in SE Asia. When paired with the fact that even this small population is in rapid decline, one can see why there is cause for concern. The main threats are drainage of wetlands, pollution and hunting.
Acc. to the IUCN report "Although it is considered one of the most numerous and secure of Asian storks,... more »

For #ThreatenedThursday curated by +Diego Cattaneo , +Sumit Sen , +Anette Mossbacher and +Sandy Schepis

A rather worried looking Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala. This is by no means a rarity in South Asia. They are among the most visible features of many wetlands of peninsular and western India, often living in large, noisy colonies. Inspite of being apparently abundant, they are classified as Near Threatened acc. to. IUCN 3.1, and you just have to look at the numbers to see why. The estimates from 1994 are that of ~15,000 individuals in South Asia and <10,000 in SE Asia. When paired with the fact that even this small population is in rapid decline, one can see why there is cause for concern. The main threats are drainage of wetlands, pollution and hunting.
Acc. to the IUCN report "Although it is considered one of the most numerous and secure of Asian storks, this is more a reflection of the rarity and endangerment of most storks in the region, than the security of this species" . The moral , at least for me, is that a species may seem abundant just by the virtue of being large, obvious and easy to observe, but it still may be a threatened one and vanish altogether after a few years.
At Ranganathittu, near Bangalore. March, 2012.___

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