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Kingfishers stamp issue

April 16th, 2017

Singapore 2017 Kingfishers stamps

Kingfishers are a group of small to medium-sized, bright-looking birds in the order Coraciiformes. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fishes from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water’s surface. Their feathers are often bright colours, such as blue or orange.

Date of issue: 26 April 2017
Set of 4v and 1 official first day cover and presentation pack.

Nature Series – Birds of Prey

August 29th, 2016

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4 birds of prey will be featured in this issue: Changeable Hawk Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite and the Black-winged Kite.

Date of issue: 21 September 2016

Bermuda Eastern Bluebird Stamps Released

May 18th, 2014

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.

Hummingbirds from Montserrat

March 11th, 2014

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

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.

New Zealand 2014 Game Bird Habitat

January 13th, 2014

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.

Singapore-Vietnam Joint Issue

August 14th, 2013

Singapore Post will issue a set of 2 stamps and a miniature sheet on 12 September 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of Singapore and Vietnam diplomatic relations.

 

Taiwan’s Third Issue Owl Stamps

May 14th, 2013

After releasing “Owls of Taiwan” stamp sets in 2011 and 2012, Chunghwa Post is following up with another set of four stamps in 2013 featuring Otus lettia, Tyto longimembris, Ketupa flavipes and Otus elegans botelensis.

Date of issue: 26 June 2013.

Taiwan’s Ancient Chinese Painting Souvenir Sheets

November 19th, 2012

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.

 

Threatened Birds Stamps from Jersey Post

August 24th, 2012

Jersey Post issue six threatened bird stamps, the sixth and last in a series, on 14 August 2012.

Also available are a miniature sheet and souvenir sheet.