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28 February 2012

Kaltbrunn
符騰堡

Common Cuckoo (普通杜鵑)
Switzerland (2006)
6th December, 2011. Kaltbrunn

Not far away from St. Margrethen, Kaltbrunn also in the Canton of St. Gallen. Is a town in the mountain area, nearby the town there has a protected area called Kaltbrunner Ried. It seems a small wetland to wild animals and birds. As this, the postmark which used in Kaltbrunn is feature a sight of the wetland. Two birds on the postmark probably like Black-headed Gull (紅嘴鷗).

St. Margrethen
聖瑪格麗騰

Common Tern (普通燕鷗)
Switzerland (1992)
26th April, 2011. St. Margrethen

This time, did not do any stupid as last Philippine maxicard. The card photographed real Common Tern and the stamp illustrated same species, although it is a commemorative stamp in 19 years ago ! For me it is not a big problem due to I only collect bird theme stamps.

The maxicard postmarked in St. Margrethen, it is a border town of Swiss near Austria. Not far away is Austrian village In der Schanz and Lac Bodensee, as shown in the map of stamp. There is a small wetland attract couple of migratory birds in each year, Common Tern is one of common visitors of the area.

24 February 2012

Mallard
綠頭鴨

Burkina Faso (2008)
24th February, 2011. Ouagadougou

If you ask people what is the attractive activity in Africa, most of them will tell you wild animal safari is one of most popular activity. I think no one would argue with the famous places to have safari are Kenya and Zambia, where are having roomy national parks and rich biodiversity environment with variety wild life animals. However in West Africa, the sub-Sahara area, is another world to discover what is Africa. Burkina Faso is a country of this area mostly attracted Francophone and European tourists.

After a year of last mail from Burkina Faso, in mid-February they sent me another mail features a set of Hunting resorts and a maxicard as below. But, when you observed the stamps, will you hunt them for interest ? Anyway, houses in the selected five resorts are built with local features, and seem 'comfortable' to tourists.

10 February 2012

Pheasant
雉雞

Isle of Man (2009)
1st September, 2009. Douglas (First day postmark)

Jeremy Paul is a famous British wildlife artist born in 1954, he was travelled or lived in Spain, England, India, Africa and other remotest places include Antarctica and the Arctic. He now living in Isle of Man with his family, and has been held many exhibition related to his work. Since 1997, he was invited by the post office of Isle of Man, to illustrate couple of wildlife theme stamps of the post office, which are issued on 1997 (Owls), 2004 (Robins - Winter's friends), 2006 (Manx bird atlas) and 2009 (Country file by Jeremy Paul). The further issue, Christmas stamps of 2011 will also illustrate by him.

For more details of Jeremy Paul can visit his own site : http://www.jeremypaulwildlifeartist.co.uk/