Friday, December 30, 2011

Bird Poker Year End Review 2011

Sometime in October of this year, Lee Daniels and myself started playing our little game of one one-upmanship with bird photos. For the first month, Lee and I played our game on the weekends and those that watched got some good entertainment as we trash talked while posting our shots. In early November more people had joined in and we needed a way of keeping track of the posts so on Nov. 15th the #BirdPoker hashtag was born. From there it grew rapidly to the point were 100 posts a day seems to be the norm. The BirdPoker circle now has over 225 people in it and it grows daily. Version 2.0 of the rules is out which gets rid of a couple of rules that are no longer part of the game.

I want to take this time to thank everyone who plays the game and especially those who commented on my photos. As you can imagine I comment on over a 100 posts a day on top of processing photos for my photo business, and work full time. Luckily it's been my off season with work so I have had extra time to spend on the game. 

I am happy to announce that Mia McPherson and Jeff Wendorff have joined in to help with commenting on photos and collecting names for the BirdPoker circle. Mia also helps with deciding on the daily themes. Kjetil Greger Pedersen has volunteered to make us a Google page and run it which will give the game a home and a place to post the daily themes and rules.

Today's theme of Little Brown Jobs (LBJ) has been a big success and will continue overnight and through the daytime tomorrow. Starting New Years Eve the game will change and the theme will be your top 5 photos from 2011.  Post them one at a time as usual and then take the time to comment on other's photos. (Use the hashtag Top5) Remember commenting on other photos is part of the game! January the 2nd the game will go back to normal play.

Thank you for playing BirdPoker and Happy New Years to you and your family.

Phil Armishaw


  1. Thank you Phil for all your hard work and beautiful photos (and giving me another addiction to feed) Happy New year and keep up the great work!

  2. Phil, +DW Maiden summed it up well. Thank you for all of your hard work! And thank you to +Mia McPherson, +Jeff Wendorff, and +Kjetil Greger Pedersen for stepping up to help. Best wishes for the new year :)

  3. It's a lot of work to entertain us addicts, glad you have a team to help. Thank you all and have a safe weekend.

  4. Thank you Phil, +Mia McPherson, +Jeff Wendorff, and +Kjetil Greger Pedersen for the efforts that go into this highly addictive game. No rehab for me as we go into the new year... just #Winning ;) A Happy New Year celebration to you all!

  5. Phil, thank you for creating this game, and your continued efforts with it! Also, thank you for your posting on how to photograph BIF - I already see a big improvement in my keepers. And, Nikon thanks you for my upcoming lens purchase...

  6. Thank you Phil - I'm relatively new to this G+ thing and you've given me hours of pleasure already, both with your superb camera work and your curating of Birdpoker etc - thanks again and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

  7. Thank you Phil for all the work you do for BirdPoker !
    It's a great - and highly addictive - game and I am very glad and honored to play with such great photogs as you are !
    I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with lots of awesome birds :)