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26 January 2009

Birds of Hongkong (1)

Although Hongkong is a small place in the world, it is a good place for bird-watchers, in Maipo, Taipo Au or parks in urban area can be found different species of birds. In the end of 2006, Hongkong Post issued a set of new definitive stamps featuring 16 different birds, Little Egret has been introduced in here last month, now is other stamps of this bird series.

$1,40 : Fork-tailed Sunbird (叉尾太陽鳥) ; 20c : Collared Scops Owl (領角鴞)
10c : White-bellied Sea Eagle (白腹海鵰) ; $5 : Long-tailed Shrike (棕背伯勞)
$3 : Red-whiskered Bulbul (紅耳鵯) ; $2 : Little Egret (小白鷺)
$1 : Common Kingfisher (普通翠鳥)
Hongkong (re-print 2009, 2006)
22nd January, 2009. Shatin Central

White-bellied Sea Eagle is not common in Hongkong but mostly can be found in Victoria Harbour. A couple became a news last year as they nesting on electric pagoda in Aberdeen. Collared Scops Owl, Folk-tailed Sunbird and Red-whiskered Bulbul are commonly found in urban parks. Kingfisher can be found in country parks near reservoir and Long-tailed Shrike in fields of northern area. Above is the first day cover of third reprinted definitive stamps (paper margin printed with ES-prefix running number), hand-drawing illustration is a Long-tailed Shrike resting on thorn.

Northern Shoveler (琵嘴鴨)
Hongkong (2006)
20th October, 2007. Santin

Four high values of the set are little bit larger and featuring security perforations. Two maxicards with those two stamps shown Northern Shoveler and Common Magpie.

Common Magpie (喜鵲)
Hongkong (2006)
22nd October, 2007. Garden Road

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