Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Friday, 11 January 2013
Now here is something different from Wellington ,New Zealand. Two license fee stamps and one semi-postal stamp cancelled with the one pictorial postmark ,which looks to be a Wellington tram. The NZ Fish and Game stamps are issued annually as minisheets. Bobwhite Quail was 2012 and the Ring-necked pheasant 2011. Although produced by NZ post, these stamps are not valid for postage but proceeds from the sales goes toward habitat protection. The self-adhesive stamps from 2011 is the Takahe or Purple swamphen (Porphyrio hochstetteri) on a 60c semi postal stamp from a 3v set. Thanks to Holger for this special cover.
Monday, 7 January 2013
I don't usually keep bird stamps if the birds are not endemic to that country, but I had to make an exception this time because here we have brightly colored birds cancelled in Bright, Victoria. What a great combination. The Scarlet Macaw stamps are from the 1994 Australian Zoos series on Endangered Species. The stamps were available in self-adhesives ( as seen here) or in a gummed version. BTW. The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is the national bird of Honduras and found in the hot humid regions of tropical South America.
Albury is on the grand Hume Weir which reportedly holds more than six time the amount of water as Sydney Harbour. The pictorial postmark shows the wall at the weir, unfortunately its not very clear but you get the idea. Cancelling another of the popular Little Penguin stamps from the recent Road trip series.
The date on this one could have been written as 20-12-2012. Another handsome Aquila audax flew in from Mansfield Victoria, this time. Mansfield is a town at the foot of the Great Dividing Range which you drive though from Melbourne if you want to go skiing at Mt Buller.