Is it okay to make an observation without a photo?

Is it okay to make an observation without a photo? - UK and Ireland : Yes! If you've seen something but don't have a photo you can still share your observation, ideally saying how you were able to recognise it. If you're seeking help with identifying it then try and provide a detailed description, including size, shape

Yes!

If you've seen something but don't have a photo you can still share your observation, but you need to say how you were able to recognise it. Try to provide a detailed description, including size, shape and colour, and information about the habitat it was seen in and what it was doing can often be helpful.

It's great if you can get a picture of what you've seen - it makes it much more interesting for other people, and for many things it's easier to be sure about identifying it.

However, we know that some species are very difficult to photograph without specialist equipment and weeks of waiting, but are nonetheless fairly easy to identify.

If you can find a public domain photo of what you saw, it's okay to post that with your observation, but you must:
a) make sure that it isn't restricted by copyright, and
b) make it clear on your observation that the photo you are using isn't actually of the wildlife that you saw.

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26 Jun 2009
dougclow