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13 February 2009

Domestic birds of Switzerland (1)

During 2006 to 2008, Switzerland was issued a set of definitive stamps illustrated Swiss domestic birds, they are nice enough. Here are four of them and other three stamps will show in next time.

1,80 CHF : Tengmalm's Owl (鬼鴞)
2,20 CHF : Great Crested Grebe (鳳頭鸊鷉)
Switzerland (2007, 2008)
21st January, 2009. Schanzenstrasse, Bern

Tengmalm's Owl only visible at night, mostly can be found in north part of the world, from Canada to northerv Europe, and Eurasia to northern China. Great Crest Grebe is a water bird widely can be found in Asia and Europe, also south part of Africa and Australia. Above envelope affixed with two different bird stamps was sent by Swiss Post, which return some philatelic items for me. Below first day cover has a mistake, the cancellation date is before few day of issue. Neuchâtel is a town which located the shore of Lake Neuchâtel, about 800 pairs of Great Crested Grebe have been recorded in recent years. Grey-faced Woodpecker can be widely found in Europe and Far East, however they are killed in China illegally as the nourished value.

1,20 CHF : Grey-faced Woodpecker (灰頭綠啄木鳥)
2,20 CHF : Great Crested Grebe (鳳頭鸊鷉)
Switzerland (2008)
6th May, 2008. Neuchâtel

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush widely lives in Europe, north Africa, Turkey and Russia, sometimes can be found in northern China. In winter, birds will move to north-west of India, Iran or Tanzania. The envelope shown in below was sent from a small village in the southern of Switzerland. Postmarked eight o'clock of 8 August, 2008. An interesting postmark with 4 of eight. Cover features two extra flower stamps are Common Mallow (錦葵) and Camomile (挪威甘菊) separately.

Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (白背磯鶇)
Switzerland (2008)
8th August, 2008. Château-d'Oex
20th August, 2008. Hongkong

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