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10 January 2010

Brunnich's Guillemot and Glaucous Gull

Front110Kr. : Brunnich's Guillemot (厚嘴海鴉) ; 130Kr. : Glaucous Gull (北極鷗)
Iceland (2009)
5th November, 2009. Reykjavík (First day special postmark)
16th November, 2009. Bolungarvík

After 4 years, Iceland issued two set of bird stamps in 2009, first one is an Atlantic Puffin (北極海鸚) sheetlet to commemorate the stamp exhibition Nordia 2009, and other one as above, however this set of stamps seems will not become new series as the post office does not plan to issue second series on 2010. Different than previous issues, the stamps designed in dark colour and illustrated, perhaps as two species mostly to be found in the region northern than Arctic Circle, to make the stamps in cold feeling.

Brunnich's Guillemot has a black coloured back, neck, head and bill but white coloured abdomen, similar with Penguins it can dive for 300 meters deep of the sea to find food. The guillemont nesting in cliff and its eggs in a pear shape. Glaucous Gull is a large gull very common in Arctic region and north part of Eurasia, in winter it migrates to North Atlantic and Pacific. It always be confused with Common Gull (海鷗) as they also in light-grey colour.

Above illustration cover has been ready in two months before day of issue, and sent to Iceland Post on mid-October. However disappointingly, the mail missed the first day cancellation of Bolungarvík due to the Hongkong Post jammed tons of mails in airport during October, It caused the mail delayed. Bolungarvík is a small fishing village in the north-west of Iceland, also is one of the nearest village of Jökullsargljufur.

I also collected a postmark of Brunnich's Guillemot, which was come from Svalbard, the northernmost region of Norway.

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