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29 April 2009

Birds in Pyongyang zoo

From left to right :
12 won : Stanley Crane (藍蓑衣鶴) ; 70 won : Northern Goshawk (蒼鷹)
120 won : Herring Gull (銀鷗) ; 140 won : Black Crowned Crane (黑冕鶴)
Korea, DPR of (2009)
30th April, 2009. Pyongyang
24th April, 2009. Hongkong

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Korea Central Zoo in Pyongyang, the post office of North Korea issues a set of stamp features four different birds, however they can't be found in wild area of this country. Stanley Crane appears the grasslands of south part of Africa, with beautiful grey-blueish feather on the back ; Black Crowned Crane lives in west Africa to east Africa, same as Stanley Crane, it is easily can be obverse in grasslands, it also a national bird of Nigeria. Northern Goshawk wildly can be found in North America, most part of Eurasia, perhaps include Korea Peninsular and Herring Gull are very common in offshore of Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.

Unfortunately, the cover sent before day of issue and arrival postmark is cancelled on 6 days before the day. Anyway it still a beautiful first day cover.
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