Saturday, 21 September 2013

Mexico- A Flock of Birds

Indeed a flock of birds flew in from Mexico. There are ten bird stamps on this cover and more than twenty birds. The semi postal stamp on the front and reverse are from 1961-2 in aid of tuberculosis and the block of 4 contains hidden sea creatures which show up under UV light. Hand cancelled in Sonora.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Norway-Western Capercallie & Golden Eagle

Norway 2006  issued a set of five "Wild Animals", including this pair of birds.
Western Capercallie (Tetrao urogallu) and the magnificent Golden Eagle ( Aquila chyrsaetos)
Posted with a first day cancel from Sollia in Norway

Singapore- Red Jungle Fowl & Grey Peacock Pheasant

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Diplomatic relations with Vietnam, Singapore released this joint-issue pair of stamps on September 12, 2013 appropriately at  Jurong Bird park in Singapore. The Grey Peacock -pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum) also known as the Burmese Peacock pheasant is the national bird of Myanmar. The Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) is said to be the ancestor of all domestic fowl. The image is cropped from a DL sized envelope posted to me  from Singapore.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Germany- European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

From the latest German series of semi-postal songbirds on stamps , here is the colorful European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)  with a matching pictorial postmark. Cancelled in " Weltvogelpark Walsrode which  is home to a total of about 4,000 birds with 675 different species. It is the world’s largest bird park and one of the ten species-richest zoos in the world. The Park is not only a paradise for animal and garden lovers but also an attraction for international avian researcher." 
What a wonderful place, I would love to visit it one day to see so many birds in the one place.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Germany- Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

A perfect SON, socked on the nose, of  the newest  semi postal Eurasian Bullfinch ( Pyrrhula pyrrhula) from Germany. Thank you Tom.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Australia -Little penguin (Eudyptula minor)

Little penguins live along the southern shores of  mainland Australia as well as New Zealand, Tasmania and Chatham Islands. They featured in the recent Australian stamp series of Road Trips where you can see a family driving to Phillip Island in Victoria, where they can easily see the penguins which  come ashore each evening to roost in the tussocks on the sand dunes.

Norway- White-tailed Eagle ( Haliaeetus albicilla)

The second only  bird stamp issued from Norway 1970, a White tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
Clear postmark from Molde a coastal town .

Ireland-Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

A similar stamp to the one above only the value of .90 Euro has been imprinted which is the basic 20g weight for international postage from Ireland to Malaysia.

Ireland- Common Kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus)

 August 9, 2012,  An Post (Ireland) put a Common Kestrel ( Falco tinnunculus) on one of the new definitive stamps from the Animals and Marine Life set of 8. These self-adhesive stamps are made in rolls of 600 on which the denomination is printed  at the time of purchase. The five digit number on the SOAR ( stamps on a roll) is the Julian date which is based on the Julian calendar and the sequence below this contains POst Office information such as the location of the stamp printer etc.

The kestrel is a small bird of prey feeding almost exclusively on small mammals such as rats and voles.  Like other birds of prey, the kestrel is also seen as a symbol of power , showing the vitality of nature.
This counter printed stamp has high value to cover the cost of registration for international postage. Posted from Droichead Atha  (Eng: Drogheda)