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Saturday, June 7, 2008
Birds flying at sunset. Starting as a single excited shout, the words rippled down the line: "Hoopoe! Hoopoe! Left! Left! Left!" To the uninitiated ear it sounded like the chant of an excited crowd of football fans. But these gasps of delight came from a jovial group of a dozen binocular-wielding Britons doing what they love best -- birdwatching in Europe's avian megalopolis. (AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)
Past the poppies : Cyclists pedal by a poppy field during the 12th stage of the 91st Giro d'Italia from Forli to Carpi. Italy's Daniele Bennati won the stage while country fellow Giovanni Visconti kept the pink jersey of the overall leader. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
A sculptor works at a sand park exhibition in Pera, southern Portugal May 21, 2008. More than 60 sculptors created a park with sand sculptures of well-known Hollywood films and characters in the Portuguese southern village of Pera. The park will be inaugurated on Thursday. REUTERS/Hugo Correia (PORTUGAL)
Photograph by Robb Kendrick
A Qatari man in a traditional white dishdasha robe and a wind-blown red-and-white kaffiyeh stands before a sandstone formation near Dukhan. Qatar, a desert-covered Persian Gulf peninsula about the size of Jamaica, may be small, but its oil and natural gas reserves give it big clout. Per capita incomes there are among the highest in the world.
(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Revolution From the Top Down: Qatar," March 2003, National Geographic magazine)