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31 December 2012

Frozen Planet

King Penguin (國王企鵝)
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (2011)
20th August, 2012. King Edward Point

It is rarely to see a documentary series features on the stamps, Frozen Planet was co-produced by BBC and three other television broadcasting units of Europe, it filmed on 2010 when the group of filmmakers and crews visited Arctic and Antarctica. Whole 6 series with extra 1 episode began to broadcast on 2011 in the world.

Only South Georgia and British Antarctica Territories issued the stamps on the same year, however the stamps quite boring due to the species selected to the stamps frequency. Here are two maxicards from South Georgia related to birds.

Wandering Albatross (漂泊信天翁)
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (2011)
20th August, 2012. King Edward Point

25 December 2012

Threatened birds of Jersey

From left to right :
55p : Stonechat (黑喉石鵖) ; 88p : Yellowhammer (黃鵐)
70p : Eurasian Bullfinch (紅腹灰雀) ; 60p : Cirl Bunting (黃道眉鵐) ; 68p : Serin (金絲雀)
45p : Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (小斑啄木鳥)
Jersey (2012)
7th November, 2012. Jersey

In last post of Jersey, I've been said that I won't buy Jersey stamps any more. However, after a year, bird stamps come again, it is the sixth also last series of bird series illustrated by Nick Parlett, who is local artist of Jersey. In late-June, I still order the stamps from Jersey Post but sadly, an uncomfortable experience given by the philatelic bureau again - the cancellation works finished on November and the special cancellation still unobtainable.

Six species are common in European continent but as Jersey is an island in English Channel, or can be says as offshore of France. Those birds are rarely fly to there or become less colonist in the island.

Although below five maxicards are cancelled by ordinary postmark, they still look nice and attractive.

 
55p : Stonechat (黑喉石鵖) ; 88p : Yellowhammer (黃鵐)
 
68p : Serin (黑喉絲雀)


70p : Eurasian Bullfinch (紅腹灰雀) ; 45p : Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (小斑啄木鳥)
Jersey (2012)
7th November, 2012. Jersey

21 December 2012

Biodiversity SOAR of Ireland

Eurasian Kestrel (紅隼)
Ireland (2012)

9th August, 2012. Dublin

Come again, it is the third series of Biodiversity definitive SOAR for Ireland, eight labels issued cover variety family as well as before. The bird choose Kestrel, which is common birds of prey in this country. Above maxicard shown the Kestrel label while below cover shown Irish Hare, an endemic species to Ireland and Northern Ireland of Great Britain.

Still have two series of Biodiversity definitive SOAR to be issued in following two years. As it is the last post of 2012, I wish all you Happy New Year in 2013.

Irish Hare (愛爾蘭雪兔)
Ireland (2012)

9th August, 2012. Dublin

16 December 2012

The bird of the year 2012

Postmark : Eurasian Jackdaw (寒鴉)
Germany (2012)
20th October, 2011. Neubrandenburg

Last year, I shown here a pictorial postmark from Germany, which is Redstart (紅尾鴝). Actually, one bird will be represented in each year, and in 2012, it is Jackdaw.

Jackdaw has been illustrated as postmark on May, marked an event in Kaltennordheim. What bird will be represented in next year?

11 December 2012

LPO Centenary (2)

Woodchat Shrike (林即鳥伯勞)
Monaco (2012)
5th November, 2012. Monte-Carlo

Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) is a protection of nature association in France. In April of this year, La Poste, the post of France was issued a souvenir sheet to celebrate the centenary of the association. As Monaco is a neighbourhood with France and their closely relationship, the association also includes the area of Monaco. In September, the post office issued a stamp for same event.

Woodchat Shrike is a migratory bird of southern Europe and Middle-East area. In winter it will migrate to sub-Sahara area and southern Yemen.

5 December 2012

Vultures

From top left to bottom right :
550t : Lammergeier (胡兀鷲) : 100t ; Himalayan Vulture (高山兀鷲)
300t : Egyptian Vulture (白兀鷲) ; 400t : Cinereous Vulture (灰禿鷲)
150t : Griffon Vulture (黑白禿鷲)
Mongolia (2002)
26th October, 2012. Ulaanbaatar
7th November, 2012. Hong-Kong

Aegypiinae, is a sub-family of Old World vultures in the Accipitridae family. In Mongolia, as most of the country is montane ecology and plateau, there to be found variety species of vultures, either are residents or migrates. Above cover features whole set of vulture stamps issued on 2002 by Mongol Post, it also is a first cover from this secret far-east area. Just one extra information to say Bogdkhan National Park is located in the south of Ulaanbaatar.

So pity that, most of Mongol stamps are given too commercial image to collector, even most of stamps are belong to Mongolia. Perhaps, as rarely people can be visited there or receive a snail mail from there.
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