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21 April 2009

Eurasian Woodcock

Eurasian Woodcock (丘鷸)
Belgium (2009)
4th April, 2009. Brussels (with first day special postmark)
16th April, 2009. Hongkong

Thanks Thomas his great help of this nice first day cover, he helped me obtain the autograph of the stamp designer - André Buzin, the famous animal artists and designer of belgian bird definitive stamps ! It really lets me surprise. Seem I must continue to illustrate self first day cover of this series in future.

Woodcock is a very common species can be found in Europe and Asia, it's food normally earthworms. Interesting that it likes lay in the dead leaves on the ground, and suddenly flies away when human approaching it closer as the colour nearly same as dead leaves, eyes located in higher area of each side of head can see 360º monocular vision.

Illustration on the cover shows the woodcock catching a earthworm on the ground, which full of dead leaves.
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