New featured picture, Wikipedian Richard Bartz's photograph of a male Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), showing the characteristic metallic blue-green body and eyes, and the dark brown-black wingtips with blue veins. The species is often found close to fast-flowing waters.
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Lincoln cent (nom), the fourth in Wehwalt's numismatics series. He says, "The Lincoln cent may not be worth the zinc it's struck on today, but upon release, thousands of people lined up across the country to get it.... there's an interesting story behind it."
Biddenden Maids (nom), One of the more bizarre surviving remnants of old English folk tradition. Nominator Iridescent says, "Each year at Easter, the elderly and widows of the small town of Biddenden (and a large crowd of tourists) gather for a free handout of bread, cheese, tea and biscuits imprinted with a picture of conjoined twins, in a ceremony which has gone on for at least 300 and possibly as many as 900 years."
Canadian heraldry (nom), an interesting hybrid tradition. Nominator (Roux says, "Derived mainly from heraldic traditions in France and the United Kingdom, Canadian heraldry incorporates distinctly Canadian symbols, especially native flora and fauna, references to the First Nations and other aboriginal peoples of Canada."
Pink Robin (nom), or Petroica rodinogaster. Noodle snacks said "I've spent many hours trying to get a Pink Robin photo. They are shy birds and don't usually make any noise, so are difficult to spot.... This is to be expected for a temperate rainforest bird." The photo was taken in technically challenging conditions (1/10 sec wide open at iso 1600) (picture at right).
The Mallard, the archetypal "wild duck" and probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical areas of North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia.
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