Features and admins
The best of the week
This week's "Features and admins" covers Saturday 5 – Friday 11 March
New featured picture: User:AngMoKio
's photograph of a racing greyhound in full flight. The image was shot with a Canon EOS 40D, shutter speed 1/1000 s, aperture 8, ISO number 400, and focal length 85 mm.
New featured picture: a Swallow-tailed Gull (Creagrus furcatus), the only fully nocturnal gull and seabird in the world.
New featured picture: Marine Iguana, found only on one island in the Galapagos
The week saw no new admins. At the time of publication there are two live RfAs: JaGa
, due to finish Wednesday 16 March and My76Strat
, due to finish Tuesday 15 March.
There were no new featured articles. Two featured articles were delisted:
Five images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
- A greyhound racing (nom; related article), illustrating the full extension stage of the double suspension gallop gait. (Created by User:AngMoKio; picture at top.)
- Great Knot (nom; related article), a bird whose breeding habitat is in the northeast Siberian tundra and is strongly migratory; this one was taken in Thailand. Reviewer Muhammad commented: "amazing if taken from a boat". Photographer User:JJ Harrison said that about four out of five shots of this bird were sharp: "the IS/Tripod probably helped, and the swell was not huge. The movement made it more difficult to keep the camera on target."
- Marine Iguana (nom; related article), a brightly coloured individual of a subspecies found only on Española Island in the Galapagos. Photographer User:Benjamint444 said "my understanding is that the iguanas found on Espanola are brightly colored all year round because of the concentrated pigments in their diet."
- Ronald Reagan (nom; related article), 40th President of the United States. (Unknown author and digitally restored by Peter Weis.)
- Swallow tail in flight (nom; related article), an equatorial seabird in the gull family. It spends most of its life flying and hunting over the open ocean at night; this is the only fully nocturnal gull and seabird in the world. This adaptation is explained by their diet: squid and small fish which rise to the surface at night to feed on plankton. (Created by User:Benjamint444.)
Schubert's autograph of the Octet in F (D.803)
- Schubert's Octet D803 (nom) (related article), composed in 1824 and of almost an hour's duration. Here, it is performed on period instruments by Monica Hugget (director and violin 1), Rob Diggins (violin 2), Vicki Gunn (viola), Sarah Freiberg (cello), Curtis Daily (double bass), William McColl (clarinet), RJ Kelley (horn), and Charles Kaufmann (bassoon).
Featured picture retrospective
A map created by Fallschirmjäger won high praise from the reviewers last week, when we had little room to spare at F and A. We don't see many featured maps, so we've taken the unusual step of displaying it this week.
|Native range of the painted turtle (C. picta).
Eastern (C. p. picta)
Midland (C. p. marginata)
Southern (C. p. dorsalis)
Western (C. p. bellii)
|Intergrade mixtures (large areas only)
Mix of eastern and midland
Mix of eastern and southern
Mix of midland and western