My Adobe Lightroom cataloguing system roughly follows the normal systematic order for listing bird species, but with a few adaptations to suit my personal needs. Effectively it’s a simplified classification sequence that provides me with a convenient and meaningful way of ‘tagging’ my photos. When used in conjunction with my ‘location tagging’ system as explained on the Travel Section home page
, and combined with a logical file naming system and yearly travel folder structure within which the photos are stored, I can both find and cross-reference any bird species and location very easily.
There are 26 main groups as follows, with quite a few of those containing various subgroups as appropriate :-
- Ratities (Ostriches, Rheas etc) and Tinamous,
- Landfowl (Pheasants, Grouse, Spurfowl, Francolins etc) and Sandgrouse,
- Waterfowl (Ducks, Geese and Swans) together with Grebes, Moorhen, Coot etc,
- Waterbirds (Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Spoonbills, Storks etc),
- Bustards, Cranes and Rails,
- Pelicans and Hammerkop,
- Cormorants (including Darter/Anhinga),
- Shorebirds and waders,
- Seabirds (Gulls, Terns, Auks, Seaducks, Divers etc),
- Frigatebirds, Boobies and Gannet,
- Birds of Prey (Eagles, Harriers, Hawks, Kites, Vultures etc),
- Owls (including Nightjars and Pootos),
- Pigeons and Doves,
- Parrots and Macaws,
- Cuckoos and Turacos,
- Hornbills and Toucans (including Hoopoe),
- Rollers and Motmots,
- Woodpeckers (including Jacamar and Barbets),
- Trogons and Mousebirds,
- Passerines (Neotropical Suboscines),
- Passerines (Oscines or Songbirds).
It seemed sensible to follow a similar approach for my website Bird List, but due to the way I’ve had to build the page, it has been necessary to come up with an abridged structure. There is also the practical side of having to keep the entries updated, which is why this condensed listing system has been deliberately restricted to just 9 groups as follows :-
- Waterfowl (Ducks, Geese, Swans, Grebes, Rails, Coot and Moorhen),
- Large Waterbirds (Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Spoonbills, Storks etc),
- Shorebirds & Waders (Plovers, Lapwings, Sandpipers, Stilts & Avocets, Godwits, Jacanas, Pratincoles & Coursers etc.),
- Seabirds (Gulls, Terns, Skuas, Gannets, Frigatebirds, Auks, Seaducks & Divers, Cormorants, Pelicans etc.),
- Raptors & Owls (Osprey, Eagles, Hawks & Harriers, Kites, Falcons, Caracaras, Vultures and Owls),
- Miscellaneous (Landfowl, Pigeons & Doves, Cuckoos, Bustards, Cranes, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers etc),
- Exotic birds (Parrots & Macaws, Hornbills, Toucans, Barbets, Rollers, Trogons, Bee-eaters, Hummingbirds etc),
- Passerines 1 (Suborder : Tyranni - Neotropical Suboscines
- Passerines 2 (Suborder : Passeri - Oscines or Songbirds, listed in alphabetical order).
Whilst the above breaks the normal taxonomy sequence, the listings should be reasonably logical - albeit there will always be a few odd species that will have to be shoe-horned into the most appropriate category!
At present there is just one long continuous list with each group of birds catalogued in separate tables, which makes for easier referencing and updating. The layout of each group table is the same with columns for subgroup, common name and scientific name, plus a simple identifier to show whether that particular species was photographed within the Western Palearctic, Afrotropics or Neotropics region. The species within each subgroup are listed in alphabetical order by their common name. In time I may split the list down further by country, but for now this Bird List
meets my requirements.