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Map of Scandinavia, the Baltic states, northernmost part of current Germany, and parts of Poland and Russia, by Johann Baptist Homann, about 1730.

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English : Map of Scandinavia, the Baltic states, northernmost part of current Germany, and parts of Poland and Russia, by Johann Baptist Homann, about 1730.

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A Video Explaining the Wikimedia Strategic Plan. Made by Victor Grigas and Matthew Roth‎

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English : A Video Explaining the Wikimedia Strategic Plan. Made by Victor Grigas and Matthew Roth

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Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta), found in Urbana, Illinois, USA

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English : Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta), found in Urbana, Illinois, USA

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Video tutorial of the Blender 3D Noob-to-Pro, "Die Another Way" chapter, created on a mac, and compressed with ffmpeg2theora.‎

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English : Video tutorial of the Blender 3D Noob-to-Pro, "Die Another Way" chapter, created on a mac, and compressed with ffmpeg2theora.

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The Spinning Dancer is a kinetic, bistable optical illusion resembling a pirouetting female dancer. Some observers initially see the figure as spinning clockwise and some counterclockwise. Additionally, some may see the figure suddenly spin in the opposite direction. The illusion derives from an inherent ambiguity from the lack of visual cues for depth.

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English : The Spinning Dancer is a kinetic, bistable optical illusion resembling a pirouetting female dancer. Some observers initially see the figure as spinning clockwise and some counterclockwise. Additionally, some may see the figure suddenly spin in the opposite direction. The illusion derives from an inherent ambiguity from the lack of visual cues for depth.

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Green Monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in the Bijilo Forest Park

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English : Green Monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in the Bijilo Forest Park

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American crocodile in La Manzanilla swamp, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

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English : American crocodile in La Manzanilla swamp, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

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Video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour not launching with the crew of STS-108 10 years ago today.‎

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English : Video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour not launching with the crew of STS-108 10 years ago today.

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Still life with an angel on a flea market in Stuttgart, Germany

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English : Still life with an angel on a flea market in Stuttgart, Germany

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Dutch windmill cookies and other confections being prepared for Saint Nicholas' Eve.‎

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English : Dutch windmill cookies and other confections being prepared for Saint Nicholas' Eve.

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Wehranlage Großhesselohe, Munich, Germany

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English : Wehranlage Großhesselohe, Munich, Germany

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A car trip through some streets of Espargos village, Sal island, Cape Verde.‎

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English : A car trip through some streets of Espargos village, Sal island, Cape Verde.

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Notre-Dame de Senlis cathedral (Oise, France). Detail of the stained glass in the chapel of Saint-Louis, made in 1863 by Claude Lavergne.

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English : Notre-Dame de Senlis cathedral (Oise, France). Detail of the stained glass in the chapel of Saint-Louis, made in 1863 by Claude Lavergne.

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Fully working spinning mule produced by Fa. Oscar Schimmel, Chemnitz, 1897 at the Euskirchen Industrial Museum - Mueller Woollen Cloth Mill.‎

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English : Fully working spinning mule produced by Fa. Oscar Schimmel, Chemnitz, 1897 at the Euskirchen Industrial Museum - Mueller Woollen Cloth Mill.

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Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)

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The residents of San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala celebrate Immaculate Conception (6m 23s).‎

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English : The residents of San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala celebrate Immaculate Conception (6m 23s).

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Flora fountain at the Park of Versailles (France), with the goddess sitting on a bed of flowers (anemones, roses, cornflowers and heliotropes), and four erotes crowned with wild roses and linked by garlands of flowers. Sculptures in gilded lead by Jean-Baptiste Tuby (1672–1679), part of the basin series after the Four Seasons. Seen from the alley of Flora and Ceres.

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English : Flora fountain at the Park of Versailles (France), with the goddess sitting on a bed of flowers (anemones, roses, cornflowers and heliotropes), and four erotes crowned with wild roses and linked by garlands of flowers. Sculptures in gilded lead by Jean-Baptiste Tuby (1672–1679), part of the basin series after the Four Seasons. Seen from the alley of Flora and Ceres.

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Tachypeza nubila (Hybotidae) with prey.‎

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English : Tachypeza nubila (Hybotidae) with prey.

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Oberaargletscher as seen from Oberaar, Bern, Switzerland

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English : Oberaargletscher as seen from Oberaar, Bern, Switzerland

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A train arrives at Kvissel Station (10km west of Frederikshavn)‎

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English : A train arrives at Kvissel Station (10km west of Frederikshavn)

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Gongentaki (one of 48 waterfalls of Takihata) located in the mountains at Kawachinagano

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English : Gongentaki (one of 48 waterfalls of Takihata) located in the mountains at Kawachinagano

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Male Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

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English : Male Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

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Video showing laser assisted tightening of throat tissue, also known as NightLase. The laser used is a fractionated Er:YAG laser.‎

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English : Video showing laser assisted tightening of throat tissue, also known as NightLase. The laser used is a fractionated Er:YAG laser.

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The Poeke Castle (Aalter, East Flanders, Belgium)

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English : The Poeke Castle (Aalter, East Flanders, Belgium)

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Hernando de Soto Bridge across the Mississippi River, traveling north.‎

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English : Hernando de Soto Bridge across the Mississippi River, traveling north.

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A model of a typical paint valve system with a "female" valve, the stem being part of the top actuator. This type has no valve cup. The left part shows the spray in closed state, while the right side shows the pressed/open state, to illustrate the functionality. # Orifice insert # Actuator # Gasket # Stem # Valve # Spring cup # Spring # Valve Housing # Dip tube

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English : A model of a typical paint valve system with a "female" valve, the stem being part of the top actuator. This type has no valve cup. The left part shows the spray in closed state, while the right side shows the pressed/open state, to illustrate the functionality.
  1. Orifice insert
  2. Actuator
  3. Gasket
  4. Stem
  5. Valve
  6. Spring cup
  7. Spring
  8. Valve Housing
  9. Dip tube

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Traditional song and dance by Kumaoni girls, Uttarakhand, India.‎

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English : Traditional song and dance by Kumaoni girls, Uttarakhand, India.

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Tiger beetle (Lophyra sp.) pictured in Kibaha, Tanzania.

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Thermochromic cups (so-called "magic cups") which changes their colour by getting hot (here hot water).‎

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English : Thermochromic cups (so-called "magic cups") which changes their colour by getting hot (here hot water).

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The Three Country Bridge at night in Huningue (France) and Weil am Rhein (Germany) next to the Tripoint near Basel (Switzerland).

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English : The Three Country Bridge at night in Huningue (France) and Weil am Rhein (Germany) next to the Tripoint near Basel (Switzerland).

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Plumbeous Water-Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus) male caling‎

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English : Plumbeous Water-Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus) male caling

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Petit Piton, iconic mountain on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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English : Petit Piton, iconic mountain on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Opening and stirring a container of natto.‎

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English : Opening and stirring a container of natto.

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Asperitas inquinata penidae, Dyakiidae; Diameter 3,3 cm; Originating from Nusa Lembogan Island near Bali, Indonesia; Shell of own collection, therefore not geocoded.

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English : Asperitas inquinata penidae, Dyakiidae; Diameter 3,3 cm; Originating from Nusa Lembogan Island near Bali, Indonesia; Shell of own collection, therefore not geocoded.

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The demolition of the roof of the Deutschlandhalle on December 3rd, 2011.‎

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English : The demolition of the roof of the Deutschlandhalle on December 3rd, 2011.

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Mummified male head. The face is partially covered with gold or electrum.

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English : Mummified male head. The face is partially covered with gold or electrum.

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District line trains arriving at St James' Park tube station in London.‎

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English : District line trains arriving at St James' Park tube station in London.

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Robin Hunicke, producer at videogame developer thatgamecompany.

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English : Robin Hunicke, producer at videogame developer thatgamecompany.

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The first 46 seconds of Elephants Dream, a 2006 animated short film that was made using Blender, a free software application.‎

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English : The first 46 seconds of Elephants Dream, a 2006 animated short film that was made using Blender, a free software application.

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Panoramic view (140°) of the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, in Duisbourg, Germany.

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English : Panoramic view (140°) of the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, in Duisbourg, Germany.

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Documentary film Siege by Julien Bryan about the German invasion and siege of Warsaw. In 2006 this film was named to the National Film Registry of the USA by the Librarian of Congress as "a unique, horrifying record of the dreadful brutality of war".[1]. Bryan managed to smuggle his films from Poland through Germany and back to the United States by hiding the rolls in gas mask canisters purchased as souvenirs. Six weeks later, in New York City, he assembled the footage into a ten-minute newsreel called “Siege”. Released in February 1940, the film became for many viewers their first glimpse of the Nazi invasion and the first visual proof of the horrors of modern warfare.
  1. Librarian of Congress Adds Home Movie, Silent Films and Hollywood Classics to Film Preservation List. Library of Congress (December 27, 2006).

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English : Documentary film Siege by Julien Bryan about the German invasion and siege of Warsaw. In 2006 this film was named to the National Film Registry of the USA by the Librarian of Congress as "a unique, horrifying record of the dreadful brutality of war".[1]. Bryan managed to smuggle his films from Poland through Germany and back to the United States by hiding the rolls in gas mask canisters purchased as souvenirs. Six weeks later, in New York City, he assembled the footage into a ten-minute newsreel called “Siege”. Released in February 1940, the film became for many viewers their first glimpse of the Nazi invasion and the first visual proof of the horrors of modern warfare.
  1. Librarian of Congress Adds Home Movie, Silent Films and Hollywood Classics to Film Preservation List. Library of Congress (December 27, 2006).

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The metrostation of Hakaniemi, Helsinki, Finland.

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English : The metrostation of Hakaniemi, Helsinki, Finland.

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Exterior Christmas Lights of South Eastern Wisconsin

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Interviews with the 2011 Nobel Prize Laureates‎

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English : Interviews with the 2011 Nobel Prize Laureates

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White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis), Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada.

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English : White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis), Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada.

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This video is walk-through of Alice Bertschy Kadish Park located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest Neighborhood.‎

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English : This video is walk-through of Alice Bertschy Kadish Park located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Riverwest Neighborhood.

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Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia. Illustrates Jesus' description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11).

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English : Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia. Illustrates Jesus' description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11).

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Introit of Chrismas Eve, Gregorian Chant‎

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English : Introit of Chrismas Eve, Gregorian Chant

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Plioplatecarpus sp. (most probably Plioplatecarpus ictericus), Mosasauridae; Length ca. 5,5 m; Niobrara formation, Upper Cretaceous, Kansas, USA; Composite of at least two skeletons; Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany.

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English : Plioplatecarpus sp. (most probably Plioplatecarpus ictericus), Mosasauridae; Length ca. 5,5 m; Niobrara formation, Upper Cretaceous, Kansas, USA; Composite of at least two skeletons; Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe, Germany.

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A gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating towards the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way was discovered by astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope. This video shows scientist statements and simulations of how the cloud will break up over the next few years. (4 m 6 s)‎

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English : A gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating towards the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way was discovered by astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope. This video shows scientist statements and simulations of how the cloud will break up over the next few years. (4 m 6 s)

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Römer (city hall) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Snowboarder in the halfpipe‎

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Therevidae are a family of Diptera Asiloidea commonly known as stiletto flies. The family contains about 1,600 described species worldwide, most diverse in arid and semi-arid regions with sandy soils.

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English : Therevidae are a family of Diptera Asiloidea commonly known as stiletto flies. The family contains about 1,600 described species worldwide, most diverse in arid and semi-arid regions with sandy soils.

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Thereva cf. nobilitata from the family Therevidae commonly known as the common stiletto.‎

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English : Thereva cf. nobilitata from the family Therevidae commonly known as the common stiletto.

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MS Maersk Elba container ship (at Gdańsk Deepwater Container Terminal). At the time this picture was taken, Maersk Elba was the biggest vessel ever to have entered the Baltic Sea. It has since been superseded by MS Eleonora Maersk.

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English : MS Maersk Elba container ship (at Gdańsk Deepwater Container Terminal). At the time this picture was taken, Maersk Elba was the biggest vessel ever to have entered the Baltic Sea. It has since been superseded by MS Eleonora Maersk.

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Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. The video was taken from a helicopter.‎

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English : Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. The video was taken from a helicopter.

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Navajo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. Trees are Pseudotsuga menziesii and Pinus ponderosa.

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English : Navajo Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. Trees are Pseudotsuga menziesii and Pinus ponderosa.

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Rufous-tailed Robin (Luscinia sibilans), Khao Yai National Park, Pak Chong, Thailand‎

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English : Rufous-tailed Robin (Luscinia sibilans), Khao Yai National Park, Pak Chong, Thailand

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The launch of a firework (11s).‎

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English : The launch of a firework (11s).
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