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Bermuda Eastern Bluebird Stamps Released

May 18th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

The 35 cent stamp, identified by its bright blue upper parts and rusty red breast, this male bluebird is perching on a Bermuda cedar  [Juniperus bermudiana] branch. The bluebird is 7 inches long. It feeds on earthworms, cut worms and caterpillars and also berries. Once it nested in cedar trees but now it almost always relies on nesting boxes for breeding.

The 85 cent stamp is represented by a female bluebird lying in its nest of dried grasses inside a nesting box. The female is solely responsible for building the nest and for incubating the eggs. It lays 4 or 5 pale blue eggs between March and August. They take 13 to 15 days to hatch.

The $1.10 stamp is a male bluebird may be encouraging a female to build a nest in the box. Every year the Bermuda Audubon Society holds a workshop on building bluebird boxes to the correct specifications. The boxes are usually made with spruce or pine shelving. The entrance hole is 1½ inches wide, effectively keeping out Starlings. Boxes should be regularly monitored, however, to keep out sparrows.

The $1.25 stamp displays the differences between the male and female bluebird.The female on top of the box is much duller in colour. In contrast, the male is more vibrantly blue. Here it is indulging in display behaviour to entice the female into using the box.

Space Anniversaries issue from Montserrat

May 7th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

Montserrat Philatelic Bureau will issue a Space Anniversaries issue on 5 June 2014 to commemorate  the 450th Anniversary of the Birth  of  Galileo Galilei  who was known as the “Father of Modern Science.”

Galileo Galilei excelled in the fields of science, philosophy, astronomy, and mathematics. He also made great discoveries and observations through his studies and theories.

One of Galileo’s areas of focus was that of the sun-centred solar system, through the improvements that he made to the telescope.

A set of 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet will be made available.

Singapore – Greetings – Let’s Celebrate Stamps

March 15th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

  

Singapore will be issuing a set of 5 stamps titled Let’s Celebrate on 26 March 2014. This issue replaces the Sports Hub Stamp Issue which originally scheduled to be released in March.

There will also be self adhesive  sheets containing 50c, $1  stamps and a booklet containing 10 x 1st Local Self Adhesive stamps.

Hummingbirds from Montserrat

March 11th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

Montserrat will be issuing a set of Hummingbirds stamps on 22 April 2014.  There will be a sheetlet of 4 stamps and a souvenir sheet of 2 stamps.

The sheetlet will feature:
Bronze- Tailed Plumeleteer (Chalybura urochrysia )
White- Bellied Mountaingem (Oreopyra hemileucus)
Olivaceous Thornbill (Chalcostigma olivaceum)
White-Bellied Emerald (Amazitia candida)

The Souvenir Sheet feature:
Chestnut- Breasted Coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii)
Collared Inca (Coeligena torquata)

 

 

Albatross from Pitcairn Islands

February 26th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

Die cut shaped souvenir sheet will be issued 27 February 2014.

The birds featured are: Wandering Albatross, Black-browed Albatross and the Buller’s Albatross.

Fern Stamps From Singapore

February 17th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

Set of four values to be issued 26 February 2014. First day cover will be in vertical format. Also available will be a presentation pack and a booklet of 10 x $1 self-adhesive stamps.

 

Singapore’s 2014 Stamp Program

January 13th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

New Zealand 2014 Game Bird Habitat

January 13th, 2014 by Francis No comments »

Each year on 2 February, the Game Bird Habitat Collection is issued to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The 2014 issue is NZ Post 21st in the series and features the P?keko.

Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2013 by Francis No comments »

Rare 1894 Shanghai to Germany cover to be auctioned

November 9th, 2013 by Francis No comments »

The 1894 registered cover from Shanghai to Germany with datestamp April 22, 1897 will be auctioned in December with an estimate between £130,000 – £215,000.

The cover has a combination of the 1894 Empress Dowager and 1897 Red Revenue stamps with provisional surcharges. They are cancelled by the Shanghai Pa-Kua obliterator in black.

It is also franked with a French Post Offices in China 50c stamp.

 


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