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30 January 2013

Bosnia Herzegovina (1)

From left to right :
1,00m : Griffon Vulture (黑白禿鷲) ; 1,50m : Eurasian Spoonbill (白琵鷺)
2,00m : Mute Swan (疣鼻天鵝)

Bosnia Herzegovina (2000, 2010)
15th November, 2012. Cemaluša, Sarajevo

Since the independence from Yugoslavia on 1992, the country Bosnia Herzegovina although in one country, it divided into 3 regimes due to complicated relationship, the administrations now are Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croats and Republika Srpska. The above cover, stamps on the cover not much special and not beautiful as too large, but it is the first cover from this complicated nation.

25 January 2013

Isle de Pascua

Kelp Gull (黑背鷗)
Chile (2001)
16th November, 2012. Isle de Pascua

Isle de Pascua, as known in English is Easter Island. Is located in the central of south-Pacific. I think most people known or heart the history of Easter Island so I don't present that here. In recent ages, the island over-developed for agriculture, most of nature forest are lost or damaged, inhabited place reduced causes more animals and birds are disappear. Kelp Gull seems is an exception cause it to be found in wide area of sub-Antarctic, southern Africa, South-America and Australia, include those offshore islands.

The special seal on the stamp show a group of moal ahu in Rapa Nui, is an important signature of Chile, also is a World Heritage Site.

21 January 2013

WWF stamps again of South Georgia

From left to right :
70p : Antarctic Tern (南極燕鷗) ; 60p : South Georgia Shag (南喬治亞鸕鶿)
95p : Brown Skua (褐賊鷗) ; £1,10 : Kelp Gull (黑背鷗)

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (2012)
20th August, 2012. King Edward Point

In each few years, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands issues their WWF stamps, the above cover features the latest WWF stamp set issued on 2012, this is the first time features 4 species instead as before - 1 species for 4 stamps.

For species are common in sub-Antarctic ocean and islands - Antarctic Tern looks similar with Arctic Tern (北極燕鷗), however the wings of Antarctic Tern are in grey colour and only actives in Antarctic Ocean. South Georgia Shag is endemic to South Georgia and some sub-Antarctic Islands of South Atlantic Ocean. Brown Skua is a large seabird that breeds in the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic zones and moves further north when not breeding. Kelp Gull to be found in wide area of sub-Antarctic, southern Africa, South-America and Australia, include those offshore islands.

Below is the receipt of the registered mail, it shown that the post office still using traditional registration label in 2012.

16 January 2013

Birds in Caribbean

From left to right :
Row 1 - Roseate Spoonbill (玫瑰琵鷺) ; White-tailed Tropicbird (白尾熱帶鳥) ;
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (紅喉北蜂鳥)
Row 2 - Black Skimmer (黑剪嘴鷗) ; Black-necked Stilt (黑頸長腳鷸) ; 

West Indian Mourning Dove (加勒比哀鴿)
Nevis (2002)

In philatelic circle, numbers of collector dislike to collect stamps issued by some Caribbean countries, due to they issue a lot of stamps or sheets which are not related to these countries. For example St Vincent, Grenada and Antigua. However, as I talked many times before, most countries are issuing huge quantity of stamps in each years, just elder collectors still believe those Caribbean countries harming the stamp market. Here is an example of a sheet issued by Nevis they thought it is commercial stamp.

30th October, 2012. Charletown

Six stamps as above cover and maxicards as below.Those species seem rarely to be found in Nevis, but easy to find in Caribbean countries. But don't forget that Nevis is a small island only 160 species to be recorded.

30th October, 2012. Charletown

30th October, 2012. Charletown

10 January 2013

Another mail from Indonesia

From left to right :
2500r : Knobbed Hornbill (蘇拉皺盔犀鳥) ; 1000r : Zebra Dove (斑姬地鳩)
1000r : Brahminy Kite (栗鳶)

Indonesia (2010)
10th November, 2012. Jakarta

In the meanwhile, Martin also send me another ordinary mail features 3 stamps issued on 2010. Again, these three are endemic or near endemic species to Indonesia. Knobbed Hornbill is distributed in the tropical evergreen forests of Sulawesi, Buton, Lembeh, Togian and Muna Island. Zebra Dove extends from Southern Thailand, Tenasserim, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Lombok. Brahminy Kite can be found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia.

5 January 2013

Registered mail from Indonesia

From left to right :
Siau Scops Owl (斯歐角鴞) ; Flores Hawk-Eagle (弗氏鷹雕)
Elegant Sunbird (亮麗太陽鳥) ; Invisible Rail (大嘴秧雞)

Indonesia (2012)
10th November, 2012. Bea Kirim Rp., Jakarta

Perhaps during 2009, Indonesia Post begins to computerise their postal system and using 13-digited registration barcode, at the same time the payment method changed to per-paid by cash instead of stamps. It is, therefore stamp is not necessary used on registered mail. However here shown an example which stupid to affix stamp when I requested. Thanks Martin to do it for me as it is very attractive.

The stamps on envelope issued on 2012 features 4 endemic threatened species to Indonesia, Siau Scops Owl is endemic to Siau Island but lost their tracks since 1992. Flores Hawk-Eagle is distributed in forests of Flores, Lombok and Sumbawa in the Lesser Sundas, occurs from lowlands to as high as 1,600 metres. Elegant Sunbird is distributed to the island of Sangihe, north of Sulawesi, locally common in the forests and plantations near Mount Sahendaruman in southern Sangihe. Invisible Rail is native to the remotest and densest parts of the sago swamp forests and wetlands of Halmahera, favoring the edge habitats where swamp meets forests and clearings. Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size and limited range, four species are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered in IUCN list.

However I hope the country issues more parrot or birds of paradise since they are having large colonies in this thousand-island country. Below shown the receipt of registered mail attached at the front of envelope.

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