Date of issue: 21 September 2016
Archive for the ‘Bird stamps’ category
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.
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)
Chunghwa Post will issue 2 souvenir sheets on 22 November 2012 featuring Chinese paintings by Ming Dynasty painter Pien Wen-chin from the National Palace Museum collection.
One souvenir sheet features three stamps, each highlighting a portion of the original masterpiece, with denominations of NT?5, NT?10, and NT?12. The other one features the full scroll with a denomination of NT?70.
Pien Wen-chin was an important bird-and-flower painter at the early Ming Dynasty court. His work blends the meticulous and exuberantly colored style of the great Northern Song master Huang Ch’uan with the Southern Song court painting tradition. The highly decorative painting features nearly 100 birds perched on bamboo, as well as pine and plum blossom branches.
The souvenir sheet featuring the entire scroll is printed on silk paper. The elegant silk further helps to shine a spotlight on the fine strokes of this masterpiece.
Singapore Post is to issue a set of 2 stamps on 31 August 2012 in support of the World Stamp Exhibition to be held in 2015.
There will be a set of stamps issued in each subsequent year, each using designs from past issues. This first set are from designs used in the 1963 definitives issue.
A special collectors’ sheet/folder will also be available together with the usual first day cover and presentation pack.