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20 February 2010

Tengmalm's Owl

Switzerland (2007)
22nd January, 2010. Saignelegier

In the other side of the world, another maxicard also produced from Switzerland. The card was completed the 2007 Domestic Bird definitive series as other three were arranged on 2007 and 2008 respectively. As the last description, Tengmalm's Owl also very common in Asia, Europe and North America. In Switzerland, it mostly appear in pin forest area of Jura, the small mountain range in the north of Alps. The card shown below is a Tengmalm's owl nesting in a branch of pin tree, and cancelled in Saignelegier, where is a municipality in the canton of Jura. A small nature reserve Etang de la Gruère is located in this municipality.

Long-eared Owl

St Vincent and the Grenadines (2001)
6th November, 2009. Kingstown, St Vincent

Afer a year, another new items from St Vincent was came again, this time are one maxicard and one cover with a set of Owls of the world, which was issued on 2001. The stamps illustrated 6 different owls however seems none of them to be found in this small islands. But after I checked the books and related refernece, Long-eared owl is a common owl species in Asia, Europe and North America. After the breeding season the birds may partially migrate to south for winter, so I think there have a chance to obverse Long-eared Owl in St Vincent.

Same as last mail, the card cancelled by philatelic bureau of St Vincent again. Different than last mail, the cancellation renewed as well as United States' style. It looks more clear and sharpness.

17 February 2010

Kōrakuen, Okayama
岡山 後樂園

Japan (2000)
17th November, 2008. Okayama (Tenjincho)

Kōrakuen is located in Okayama-shi of Okayama, which founded in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa. It also is one of the three greatest gardens in Japan, total area 133,000m². In 1687, the daimyo Ikeda Tsunamasa ordered Tsuda Nagatada to begin construction of the Korakuen, and finished in 1700. Afterwards in 1863, it turned to modern form until present time. It opened to public at 1884 when the owner of the garden transferred the ownership to Okayama Prefecture. During the flooding of 1934 and World War II, the garden suffered severe damage, it restored Edo period paintings and diagrams after the destroyed.

10 February 2010

Barn Swallow

Hongkong (2006)
30th August, 2007. Taipo

Just few days before new year festival in Chinese culture, people may post anything in their home if it is related to fortune ; like blossom, bat, or other elements. Barn swallow is one of fortune element in their culture, as the bird mostly nests under evas of traditional resident and people discovered that swallows always have fortuned family - father and mother hardly to feed their chick until they can fly. Therefore most of Chinese like to illustrate swallows in folk drawing or vest. Especially the art crafts for wedding.

The above maxicard arranged on two years ago. In the past of Hongkong, Taipo is one of the largest market in east New Territories, which is nearby couple of folk villages in Lam Tsuen, Wukautin and Taipo Au. In these villages, there can be easily to be found the nests of Barn Swallow, until now it still commonly actives in this area.

It is the third post but first maxicard related to Barn Swallow, lasts are Isle of Man in Europe and Egypt of Africa.