So. Recently, I suffered a bit of a castrophe… We were on holiday in Belize, and I was absolutely loving all of the carribean/central american wildlife, especially the underwater creatures we saw when diving and snorkelling. We also went further inland towards the end of the trip, and saw some really cool bird and reptile life.
However, on the way home, disaster struck, and I left my camera on the plane. American Airlines are looking for it, but I’m absolutely gutted, not least because I lost about four days of observations - including Keel Billed Toucans, Collared Aracari and Montezuma Oropendolas. A pretty grim ending to the trip… :(
Thankfully, I had a sound recording of the Oropendolas, but I’ve nothing to show for the Toucans, or many of the other animals. I would still love to record them, though, as I use iNaturalist as much as a personal checklist of animals I have seen as anything else. I thought of two options:
I could sketch the birds from memory - I have a very clear picture of where they were, what they were doing, and how many there were, and I’m not too shabby at drawing. I could then upload that as an observation. Would that be able to be verified?
I could upload an observation, possibly even an empty one, and set it to ‘Private’ if there is such a setting. I don’t want to waste the community’s time with an unidentifiable observation, so is there any way to upload an observation, purely for a personal record of a sighting, and keep it hidden from everyone else?
I mean, I really hope American finds the camera, but I don’t have great expectations. Has this ever happened to anyone else, or does anyone have suggestions of ways forward?