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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.
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