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29 June 2013

Iran's owls

From left to bottom :
1100Rls. : Spotted Owlet (斑腹小鴞) ; 600Rls. : Northern Long-eared Owl (長耳鴞)
1600Rls. : Pallid Scops-Owl (縱紋角鴞) ; 2200Rls. : Brown Fish-Owl (褐漁鴞)

Iran (2011)
14th December, 2011. Tehran (Philatelic Bureau)

This stamp set also celebrated 50th anniversary of WWF but it stored in my album for a long time, few months ago I decided to obtain cancellation and finally get a nice FDI postmark. Four species are selected as endemic species to middle-asia area.

The big problem is, who knows what the red-postmark read?

23 June 2013

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite (栗鳶)
Indonesia (2008)
20th April, 2013. Palmerah, Jakarta Barat

Unfortunately it is not a good cover as two postmarks are not clear, it is hard to identify where did it send. Actually I don't collect souvenir sheet due to it just for stamp collector and it seems oddly to be used on any envelope, anyway I do say thanks to the sender.

Brahminy Kite has been shown in last post of Indonesia, but the sheet more clear to show the species in flying motion.

18 June 2013

Purple Martin pre-paid envelope

Purple Martin (紫崖燕) ; stamp : Tufted Puffin (花魁鳥)
USA (2012, stamp: 2013)
11th April, 2013. Seattle

In each year, USPS issues a pre-paid envelope (a.k.a. stamped envelope) for their clients, who wish to print their address or company name on the envelope, from 2012 is bird series, the first one is Purple Martin which illustrated by Matthew Frey. Purple Martin is the largest swallow in North America, it is to be ordinary found in whole United States and northern part of Mexico. However the birds which live in northern part will be migrated to Amazon basin area.

15 June 2013

Tijuca national park

L : Green-headed Tanager (綠頭唐加拉雀)
R : Violet-capped Woodnymph (紫頂妍蜂鳥)
Brazil (2011)
13th April, 2013. Ajuricaba, Manaus

Tijuca national park, as well as the Tijuca Forest is a mountainous hand-planted rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the world's largest urban forest. It is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction, found only in the Atlantic Rainforest. In 1961, Tijuca Forest was declared a National Park. The Forest contains a number of attractions, most notably the colossal sculpture of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain.

9 June 2013

Nature reserve in southern nations

€0,20 : Gentoo Penguin (巴布亞企鵝) ; €0,60 : White-chinned Petrel (白額鸌)
French Australia and Antarctica Territories (2012)
10th January, 2013. Europa Island

Not only Antarctica, French Australia and Antarctica Territories also controls some islands in Indian Ocean, Europa Island is a part of Scattered Islands, where are islands nearby Madagascar. Europa Island is a 28 km² low-lying tropical island in the Mozambique Channel, it does not have inhabitant but has one airport but is a bird paradise in Indian Ocean.

The chop on the back cover shown the outline of Europa Island and its famous animals, five stars belong to the five islands of Scattered Islands.

4 June 2013

Vultures of Israel

From left to right :
Lammergeier (鬍兀鷲) ; Lappet-faced Vulture (皺臉禿鷲) and Egyptian Vulture (白兀鷲)
Griffon Vulture (黑白禿鷲)
Israel (2013)
2nd April, 2012. Qazrin

After three years - perhaps two, as one cover has been lost in 2011, a new Israel cover comes into my collection. But I little bit upset that the first day cover features 4 species are very common in my collection, the only main features is they are first time appears on Israel stamps.

This nice first day cover with illustration shown how do those vultures eating their quarries, please note the illustrator also drawn couple of other birds which competing the quarry with vultures.
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