20th Photo on Flickr Explore

The 20 on Explore
The 20 on Explore

Woke up to find I have the 20th entry into Flickr explore

1. Eye of the tiger!!, 2. The woodpecker and the squirrel, 3. Indian Pitta, 4. Red-crested Pochard – male, 5. Barn Swallow, 6. Common picturewing – Rhyothemis variegata, 7. Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, 8. Cleared for landing!!,

9. I know that smell!!, 10. Damsels in love 😉, 11. Yellow on yellow! One-spot Grass Yellow Butterfly (Eurema andersonii), 12. Magenta dragonfly – Aurora themis(?), 13. Striped Tiger (Danaus genutia) II, 14. Striped Tiger (Danaus genutia), 15. Common Leopard (Phalanta phalantha), 16. Blue grass dartlet damselfly,

17. Ummm… This size will fit her!, 18. Green on green – Merops orientalis, 19. Cuddle party!, 20. Tigress with cubs at Pench National Park

Testing Flickr Comment Import plugin


Yesterday I hacked a plugin which allows importing of comments from Flickr into a WordPress post, however I am not releasing this iteration of the plugin because

  1. It does not really use the Flickr API but the recent activity RSS feed
  2. It involves the WordPress user entering a custom field called flickr_ID which should have the value of the picture ID on Flickr
  3. It is hooked to the admin_head – which means that comments are imported only when I do something in the WordPress Admin

Thus I am not releasing this version – the next version will try to solve the above three issues and I will release that. Meanwhile if you go to this photo on Flickr and comment, the comment will show up on this post in a while

Kentish Plovers do breed in Nagpur

Kentish plovers breed in Nagpur
Adult Kentish plover in breeeding plumage

The Kentish Plover, Charadrius alexandrinus, is a small wader in the plover bird family. Despite its name, this species no longer breeds in Kent, or even Great Britain. This beautiful specimen in breeding plumage was found in the wading ground of Wena Lake about 15km from Nagpur. See more pictures and read some details

Do I know that smell?!?

I know that smell!! Explored.
Tiger in Flehmen pose

Tigers to identify his territory, the male marks trees by spraying of urine and anal gland secretions, as well as marking trails with scat. Males show what is called called the Flehmen response. In the Flehmen response, animals draw back their lips in a manner that makes them appear to be “grimacing”. The action, which is adopted when examining scents left by other animals either of the same species or of prey, helps expose the vomeronasal organ and draws scent molecules back toward it. This behavior allows animals to detect scents, for example from urine, of other members of their species or clues to the presence of prey. Flehming allows the animals to determine several factors, including the presence or absence of estrus, the physiological state of the animal, and how long ago the animal passed by. Read more in the embedded book Amur Tiger

Getting on to Flickr Explore

Explored #1 on 7th Oct 2009
#1 on Explore

Yesterday I got a pleasant surprise when a flickr contact told me that my picture of Crimson Marsh Glider had made it to #1 position on Flickr Explore for 7th Oct 2009. Some friends asked how or what I did because it is well known that making it to explore is based on a complex secret algorithm and it is not just the quality of your photograph that counts. Read what did I do!

flickr now has stats!!

If you are a pro account holder then you can now activate stats for your photo stream. Now only if these were also available in their API…..

Flickr API Rant

Aarrrghh!!! for all its usefulness and genius of design, I specially like the Auth part, the Flickr API does not provide a straight forward method to get all the comments made on a particular photo.

The only hack I could think up was to aggregate the Recent Comments RSS, parse it (they do not send the image ID as a tag either) and cache the results in a DB to be shown with appropriate photos… the downside besides being very crude method is that I cannot get comments on my non-public pictures :(

Anyone got a better idea?