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25 July 2015

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Black-and-yellow Broadbill (黑黃闊嘴鳥)
Singapore (2015)
18th April, 2015. Toa Payoh Central

To commemorate the opening of Singapore's first and only natural history museum, SingPost released a new stamp issue entitled Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum on 18 April 2015.

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore strives to be a leader in Southeast Asian biodiversity, conservation research, education and outreach. Home to three rare dinosaur skeletons and over a million plant and animal specimens, the museum is a splendid showcase of the region's natural history and rich biodiversity. The museum will be open to the public on 28 April 2015.

Black-and-yellow Broadbill (黑黃闊嘴鳥)
Singapore (2015)
28th April, 2015. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

18 July 2015

Wonders of Malaysian forests - Royal Belum, Perak

Top left : Gould's Frogmouth (鱗腹蟆口鴟) ; Top right : Helmeted Hornbill (盔犀鳥)
Malaysia (2013)
13th April, 2015. Pusat Mel Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

Royal Belum is a large unexplored virgin forest and is one of the largest forest reserve in the Pennisular Malaysia that is yet to be discovered. Royal Belum is believed to have been in existence for over 130million years making it one of the world's oldest rainforest, older than both the Amazon and the Congo rainforest. Royal Belum is home to some of the worlds's most important, unique and beautiful natural treasures such as Gould Frogmouth which is an endangered species and Helmeted Hornbill which is a tame fruit-wating bird from the hornbill family. Plants such as he Rafflesia Azlanii, the newly discovered species of rafflesia which can only be found here and other rare insects such as Duliticola hoiseni where the females remain in their larva form and plants such as Trevesia burckii Boerl that us used as a traditional medicine.

11 July 2015

Migratory birds of Malaysia - Dunlin

Dunlin (黑腹濱鷸)
Malaysia (2005)

13th April, 2015. Pusat Mel Butterworth, Pulau Pinang

After received a cover with complete set Migratory birds of Malaysia on 2009, here is another cover with souvenir sheet.

The dunlin is a small wader, sometimes separated with the other "stints" in Erolia. It is a circumpolar breeder in Arctic or subarctic regions. Birds that breed in northern Europe and Asia are long-distance migrants, wintering south to Africa, southeast Asia and the Middle East. Birds that breed in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic migrate short distances to the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America, although those nesting in Northern Alaska overwinter in Asia. Many dunlins winter along the Iberian south coast.

4 July 2015

Birds in Xuan Thuy national park

15000d : Spot-billed Pelican (斑嘴鵜鶘)
3500d : Asian Dowitcher (半蹼鷸) ; 2000d : Black-faced Spoonbill (黑面琵鷺)
10500d : Grey-headed Lapwing (跳鴴) ; 6500d : Northern Shoveler (琵嘴鴨)
Vietnam (2013)

10th March, 2015. Hanoi

Xuan Thuy National Park is located 150 km southeast of Hanoi . Its rich alluvium soil supports a diversity of wetland flora and fauna, particularly migratory birds. Moreover, the park is the first wetland area to become a Ramsar site in Southeast Asia.

It has 150 species of vascular plants, 120 of which particularly thrive in the wetland habitat. The mangrove forest helps stabilise the alluvium soil, as well as provide food and shelter for marine life and other fauna while supporting storm and flood prevention.
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