Just for fun: What's the largest number of identifiable species you've ever/could conceivably capture in a single photo?


Have you ever duplicated a photo more than 5 times? More than 10?? Feel free to share pictures.

  • more than 20
  • 10 to 20
  • 5 to 10
  • less than 5

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I tend to crop my photos before upload rather than duplicating them afterward but the most I can remember getting from one original shot is four observations courtesy of some waders I came across on the east coast of Korea. They’re currently observations A, B, C, and D at this link.


There are a few (14) in this prairie tangle: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/22958149, which was just an offhand snapshot, so if I tried I think it’d be pretty easy to get over 20.


Often possible to get 40-50 (or even more) mollusc species in a single photo of shell grit on a beach.


Prairie diversity :)


I took a trip to Panama in January, and I took photos out the windows of the bus. The plants were so dense that I could not help capturing more than one identifiable organism in one picture. I am not done submitting these observations, so I may find some photos that have even more biodiversity.

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All the species:


i keep hoping i could somehow get the photos from the mapping we did in California. During certain times of year you can easily get 10-20 species visible (if you really know your stuff) in a hillside photo of chaparral.


For a closeup of insects, there was a single remaining blooming goldenrod in mid-October which attracted a horde of pollinators. I didn’t duplicate for every species because I’d gotten clearer observations of some of them on the same day, and I wasn’t interested in getting IDs for the well-known/boring ones, but I count 11 species, not including the goldenrod itself.



I tend to take close-ups of individuals, but here’s a shot of my wall: https://inaturalist.ca/photos/3885231. Thinking 30+ species easy.


This is the best answer!

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yeah, I was thinking night lighting could get you easily 20+ (if not MORE)!!

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20+ would be easy with a setup, but personally I try to avoid more than a few per photo. An observation benefits most when the individual in question is highlighted specifically (in other words, not one out of 20+ species in a photo that is duplicated 20 times!).


This is true! Small seashells in a good patch of tropical shell grit!!!


This might be stretching the definition of identifiable, or your computer has a better graphics card for zooming than mine does.


Doesn’t have to be identifiable if there’s a 0% chance of any species NOT being in the photo ;)


Northern Mockingbird 13 times. I see them so often in my area that I have quite a few observations of them and even more that I didn’t bother to photograph or left out of my observations.


if you include Google Maps air photos i could zoom around and get a few hundred species no problem. But that’s kinda cheating


I want to go to there!


I can’t think of too many where I got a much because I generally try to avoid that, but there was a photo I took of lichens a while ago that had 6 or 7 different lichens in the photo.