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31 December 2009

Colourful birds of Brazil

From left to bottom :
Red-crested Cardinal (紅冠繼嘴鵐) ; Guianan Cock-of-the-rock (圭亞那動冠傘鳥)
Blue-naped Chlorophonia (藍枕綠雀) ; Blue Finch (黃嘴藍鵐)
Red-necked Tanager (紅頸唐納雀) ; Scarlet-headed Blackbird (紅頭黑鸝)
Brazil (2009)

2nd October, 2009. São Paulo (First day postmark)
12th November, 2009. Philatelic Bureau, Río de Janeiro


To commemorate Brazil participated Lubrapex 2009 at Évora of Portugal, Brazil Post issued a sheetlet on 2nd October which is the first day of exhibition. The sheet contains six beautiful bird stamps which are common to Brazil and South American countries, the bird on each stamps specially printed with UV varnishing. Border of the sheetlet bore logos Lubrapex 2009 and Birdpex 6, a stamp exhibition will be held on Belgium on 2010. Thanks to Lincoln who sent me two beautiful covers of this issue, one with special cancellation and other one postmarked normal cancellation.

Until 2009, Brazil Issued more than 100 bird stamps and mostly are different, two of recent issues have been shown here and more may be shown in future. Today is the last day of 2009, of course it is the last post of this year, in here wish all happy new year.

26 December 2009

Touristic postmarks of Swiss

In the past here had shown some pictorial postmarks from Switzerland, but as the limited writing, here did not write any detailed description about these pretty postmarks. These postmarks called touristic postmarks. Now review them once as below.


From left to right :

City sight (城市景色), 3000 Bern
City sight (城市景色), 6204 Sempach Stadt ; Ibex (羱羊), 7530 Zernez

Touristic postmarks are long history in Swiss postal history, since 40's years of last century, many post offices where have special sight or located in tourist points were started to use pictorial postmarks to replace regular postmarks, mostly they illustrate the sight of village, mountains, bridges or local residences. However few of them illustrate natural animals and other local industry. In recent days, I received two more touristic postmarks, the first one is illustrated wetland of Brittnau, the couple of White Stork (白鸛) is bleeding their chicken in their nest. The far background is Brittnau, it is a small village in the north side of Switzerland. Second one affixed with two bird stamps Bullfinch and Great Tit, which issued on 1968 and 2007 respectively. These two birds are very common to be find in this nation. The cancellation illustrated local residence St. Wendelin, which built in 1576.

Four seasons of Switzerland (瑞士四季景色)
(L : Jura ; R : Engadin, Grischun)
Switzerland (1996)

10th November, 2009. Brittnau

L : Bullfinch (紅腹灰雀) ; R : Great Tit (大山雀)
Switzerland (1968, 2007)

20th November, 2009. Geuensee


L : White Stork (白鸛), 4805 Brittnau
R : Kapelle St. Wendeln (St. Wendeln 住宅), 6232 Geuensee

In the end of this post, also have one cover from Swiss would shown here. The cover affixed two latest definitive stamps issue and sent from Lausanne. Unfortunately it cancelled by regular postmark but it looks fine. Thank you Vural of Switzerland and David of France to send me these nice and beautiful covers. Following days may obtain more Swiss touristic postmarks for the collection.

L : Chaffinch (蒼頭燕雀) : R : Great Tit (大山雀)
Switzerland (2007)

7th November, 2009. Saint-François, Lausanne

23 December 2009

Sea birds of South Pacific


From left to right :
10 F : Eastern Reef Heron (太平洋岩鷺) ; 20 F : Audubon's Shearwater (奥杜邦氏鹱)
26 F : Great Frigate Bird (軍艦鳥) ; 54 F : Red-tailed Tropic Bird (紅尾鸏)
Wallis and Futuna (1999)

29th October, 2009. Mata-Utu

Here is a nice se-tangent strip stamps of Wallis and Futuna issued on 10 years ago, each stamp illustrated a pair of birds except the last one. These four species are very common to be found in south-west Pacific area, and the coastline of west Pacific, from Japan, China to Indonesia, and the farther Indian Ocean. Audubon's Shearwater also appears on the tropical area of Atlantic Ocean.

Wallis and Futuna is a group of isands mainly called Wallis Island and Hoorn Islands (a.k.a. Futuna) located in the middle of South Pacific, not far away from French Polynesia. Same as French Polynesia, it also an overseas collectivity of France, Now the population of the islands about 14,000.

17 December 2009

French DOM collection (2) - Martinique

Front
Blue-headed Hummingbird (藍頂蜂鳥)
France (2003)

30th October, 2009. Saint Pierre, Martinique
10th November, 2009. Hongkong


It is the second mail of this series, in here I would note that the last mail has been collected few days ago so I will post them all in following two months. Martinique is an island located in Caribbean, it is a famous place for vacation in America and Europe. The north of island is mountainous and lushly forested but south is lowland area, thus many wild life species to be found in the north of island.

Blue-headed Hummingbird is endemic to Dominica and Martinique. Same as Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher, it is very common to be found in these islands although it lives in limited area. It mostly habits in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.

In front of cover affixed with three stamps, except the hummingbird stamp, two of them also related to Martinique. The left one, issued on 2009 is commemorated a Marinican francophone poet Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) who was was born in Basse-Pointe and death in Fort-de-France, he also was a member of the French Communist Party. The right one, is a panorama of Saint Pierre, the place where the mail be sent. It shown the famous sight Mount Pelée and local catholic church. Saint-Pierre was a primary city of Martinique before the volcano erupted on 1902, this accident cause 30,000 people killed and the capital moved to Fort-de-France until now.

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13 December 2009

Birds of the tropics (2)

2000K : Red-collared Lorikeet (紅領吸蜜鸚鵡)
400K : Great Indian Hornbill (雙角犀鳥)
Zambia (2000)

22nd September, 2009. Ndola
23rd September, 2009. Lusaka


Continuous from the last Zambian thread, here is second cover of same series Birds of the tropics. Cockatiel (雞尾鸚鵡) and Amazonian Umbrellabird (亞馬遜傘鳥) are also appear on this cover but only for make-up rate, so this cover included four of five stamps in this single stamp set. Thank you Andrew who lives in Ndola to help me arrange and sent the covers, surprisingly these two covers are sent under correct postage, this situation seems not very common in most African countries.

Red-collared Lorikeet is a species of Australasian parrot in Psittacidae (鸚鵡科) family, wild live parrots to be found in northern Australia. It looks very similar with Rainbow Lorikeet (彩虹吸蜜鸚鵡) but the head of Red-collared Lorikeet is blueish, it is one of the largest parrot in Australasia. Nowadays, Red-collared Lorikeet is a popular pet bird in the world, it is an actively parrot needs width space and frequent changed environment to let parrot does not feel boring.

The stamp description as Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus, due to Red-collared Lorikeet Trichoglossus h. rubritorquis is a sub-species of Rainbow Lorikeet. However some biologist listed as independent species Trichoglossus rubritorquis.

Great Indian Hornbill is a largest species in Bucerotidae (犀鳥科) family, it to be found in India, Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. The bird specially features a large and width yellowish casque above its bill, the Chinese name of the bird designated as the casque looks like two horns. The live of Great Indian Hornbill above 50 years, however as the damage of inhabited area and illegal hunting, population of the hornbill is decreasing.

Although the stamps are overlapped by modern registration label, the cover also written a registration number 1149 by Ndola post office. This situation because most of postal system in African countries being computerise, small post offices are still using traditional registration label or hand-writing format registration number but central post office records the mails by computer. More examples can be found in Burkina Faso and Gabon.

12 December 2009

Yellow-bellied Tit

Yellow-bellied Tit (黃腹山雀)
China (2004)

23rd August, 2007. Guangzhong Road, Shanghai

On 2002, Chinese People Post released two definitive stamp sets to replace old Great Wall definitive stamps, the 30th group named Protect the common homeland of mankind and the 31st group illustrated 9 different birds endemic to China or Taiwan - in its government option says it has control right of this nation. Two stamps from this bird set Chinese Monal Pheasant (綠尾虹雉) and Tibetan Bunting (藏鵐) have been shown separately before, now is the third one issued on 2004.

Yellow-bellied Tit is endemic to mid-Chinese area, farther north from Hebei to southernmost of Sichuan. Normally widely lives in 500m to 2,000m highland and migrate to flatland in winter, usually actives on the needle leaved tree and wide leaved tree.

9 December 2009

Joint issue - Baltic birds

From left to bottom :
Western Osprey (魚鷹) ; Black-tailed Godwit (黑尾塍鷸)
Common Shelduck (翹鼻麻鴨) ; Common Merganser (川秋沙)
Estonia (1992)
17th September, 2007. Jöhvi


In 2002, four Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden were issued a set of common designed stamps features four Baltic birds, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were newly independent from former USSR. Four stamps are printed in intaglio and issued as booklet format. Four birds are commonly to be found in these four countries, Black-tailed Godwit breeds from Iceland to most of Europe, and also areas of Central Asia. The bird migrates to Australia, western Europe and western Africa in winter. Now Black-tailed Godwit classified as near threatened. Merganser is a large-sized duck distributed over north Eurasia and North America, most commonly lives in the lacks and rivers.

For enough postage, a Northern Lapwing (鳳頭麥雞) stamp issued on 2001 also be affixed on the envelope, thanks Kristiina for this nice cover.

4 December 2009

Biodiversity : Between north and south of the Atlas

Maxicard
Common Ostrich (駝鳥)
Morocco (1998)

29th October, 2009. Rabat Postal Museum, Rabat

The Atlas, is a range of mountains through Morocco, Algeria and western of Tunisia, it separates southern Mediterranean coastline and Sarah Desert to these three countries. In the northern part of the Atlas is Mediterranean climate and the southern part is dried desert climate, thus there has biodiversity in these countries, and Morocco is in the eastern part of this area.

Common Ostrich is a flightless bird widely to be found in grassland and desert of Africa, wild life ostriches live in Western Sarah, where is the area of grassland and Sarah Desert. Ostrich is the largest bird in the world, males can be measured more than 2,5 meter high and 155 kilogram. Although it can not fly, it advantaged in run. Now ostrich becomes a popular poultry and feed it humanly worldwide.

Nightingale is a songbird widely to be found in Europe and part of north-west of Africa, it also commonly fed by human as well as ostrich but it only for pet birds. Wild life nightingales are live in coastline of Morocco, from Atlantic to Mediterranean. Nightingale stamps also appeared on the stamps of Spain and Slovenia, which are in envelope or maxicard format respectively.

Below cover was a return envelope for above maxicard, two items totally three sets of the stamps have been used. For enough postage, a make-up rate stamp to be affixed on the envelope, which is an Iris (鳶尾花) stamp issued on 1968. However so pity that it hasn't been cancelled.

L : Nightingale (夜鶯) ; R : Common Ostrich (駝鳥)
Morocco (1998)

29th October, 2009. Rabat Postal Museum, Rabat
29th October, 2009. Rabat Central

1 December 2009

Great Tit

Great Tit (大山雀)
Spain (2009)
12th November, 2009. Barcelona

Thanks David sent me this nice mail from Barcelona which franked with three same domestic bird stamps issued on 2009, same as recent bird issues, it comes from self-adhesive booklet. Great Tit is a common songbird to be found in most Eurasian countries and Morocco, it mostly lives in mountain and flatland.forest. In summer it residents in high mountain area but will migrate to lowland in winter. Although the bird does not list as endangered species, it faces illegal trading in China as it is famous pet bird in this country.

Beside of above cover, Switzerland and Estonia also issued a Great Tit stamp on 2007 and 2003 respectively. A maxicard was shown in here on February.
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