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31 December 2013

Tree Sparrow
麻雀

Tree Sparrow (麻雀)
Macao (2013)
1st November, 2013. Macao

Eurasian Tree Sparrow is widespread in the towns and cities of eastern Asia, but in Europe it is a bird of lightly wooded open countryside, with the House Sparrow breeding in the more urban areas. The Eurasian Tree Sparrow's extensive range and large population ensure that it is not endangered globally, but there have been large declines in western European populations, in part due to changes in farming practices involving increased use of herbicides and loss of winter stubble fields. In eastern Asia and western Australia, this species is sometimes viewed as a pest, although it is also widely celebrated in oriental art.

27 October 2013

Birds of Germany
德國雀鳥

Goldfinch (紅額金翅雀)
Germany (2013)
8th August, 2013. Walsorde

Eurasian Bullfinch (紅腹灰雀)
Germany (2013)
8th August, 2013. Berlin

 
Blue Tit (藍山雀) 
Germany (2013)
8th August, 2013. Berlin

Finally, I got a cover from Germany with features real bird issue. Three species are selected for the stamps but they are quite ordinary to European area. It seems not necessary to make any descriptions again to these three species, however I received another cover which sent by an eBay seller, it is so pity that the postmark not in good condition but the stamps cancelled on August 6, two days before day of issue. Is it situation ordinary in Germany ?

18 October 2013

Yellow-legged Gull
黄腿鷗

Monaco (2013)
5th June, 2013. Monte-Carlo
This year, the stamps issued by the postal administrations that are members of SEPAC (Small European Postal Administrations Cooperation) will feature "animals" as their joint theme. Gull is chosen as Monaco stamp, a very common marine bird in this small country. The species depicted on the stamp is the Yellow-legged Gull which is characteristic of the Mediterranean.

Above is the maxicard shown the gulls waiting at pier, once the fishing boats come back, they can fly to see what they can eat as fast as they can, this shot is normally to be found in Southern Europe.

5 October 2013

Biodiversity SOAR of Ireland (2013)
愛爾蘭生物多樣性 (2013)

Black-legged Kittiwake (三趾鷗)
Ireland (2013)

1st August, 2012. Dublin

As last few years, Ireland An Post continues to issue Biodiversity definitive SOAR this year and it is the fourth series of 2013, eight labels issued cover variety family as well as before. The two birds chose as Great Spotted Woodpecker and Black-legged Kittiwake.

The Great Spotted Woodpecker can be found in both broadleaved and coniferous woodlands and forests and recently has been spotted in gardens and parks. They feed on seeds, invertebrates, and occasionally bird eggs and nestlings. During spring they can be heard ‘drumming’; a sound produced by rapidly pecking on a dead branch or other resonant object.

The Black-legged Kittiwake is a small, cliff-nesting gull, named for its loud, nasal ‘kitti-wake’ call. Its short legs are usually black, helping to distinguish it from the Red-legged Kittiwake. The hind toe of each foot is reduced to a mere bump, meaning it has only three functional toes instead of four, giving the Black-legged Kittiwake its scientific name, tridactyla, which means ‘three-toed’.


Great Spotted Woodpecker (大斑啄木鳥)
  Ireland (2013)
1st August, 2012. Dublin

21 September 2013

New bird series of Latvia (2)
拉脫維亞鳥類 (2)

European Bee-eater (黃喉蜂虎)
 Latvia (2013)
7th June, 2013. Riga

As well as last year, I contacted philatelic office of Latvia Post again, they issued the forth issue of new bird series. Here is the first day cover and maxicards shown the two species European Bee-eater and Long-tailed Duck.

The European Bee-eater breeds in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. This species occurs as a spring overshoot north of its range, with occasional breeding in northwest Europe. This species, like other bee-eaters, is a richly-coloured, slender bird. It has brown and yellow upper parts, whilst the wings are green and the beak is black. The Long-tailed Duck is a medium-sized sea duck. It is the only living member of its genus, Clangula; this was formerly used for the goldeneyes, with the Long-tailed Duck being placed in Harelda. An undescribed congener is known from the Middle Miocene Sajóvölgyi Formation of Mátraszõlõs, Hungary. It is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
 
Long-tailed Duck (長尾鴨)
Latvia (2013)

7th June, 2013. Riga

15 September 2013

Black Crowned-crane
黑冠鶴

The Gambia (2006)
7th July, 2013. Banjul

Black Crowned-crane is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although in nests in somewhat wetter habitats. This species and the closely related Grey Crowned-crane (東非冕鶴), which prefers wetter habitats for foraging, are the only cranes that can nest in trees. Like all cranes, Black Crowned-crane eats insects, reptiles, and small mammals. It is endangered, especially in the west, by habitat loss and degradation.



6 September 2013

Golden Eagle
金雕

Ireland (2013)2nd April, 2013. Dublin

March 1, 2013, An Post welcomes the approval by ComReg of its application for an increase of 5c in the standard domestic letter rate from 55c to 60c. The international letter rate for all destinations outside the island of Ireland will increase from 82c to 90c. Old price has remained unchanged for six years and new rate still among the very lowest in Europe.

As the new rate effective on April 2, An Post released couple of new coils and booklet stamps, those stamps still as well as Biodiversity definitive series. However An Post did not have special postmark to match those stamps, here are the maxicard and first day cover of the stamps.

25 August 2013

Owls of Taiwan (3)
臺灣貓頭鷹 (3)

  
NT$5 : Collared Scops Owl (領角鴞)
 NT$25 : Ryukyu Scops Owl (蘭嶼角鴞) 
Taiwan (2013)
26th June, 2013. Postal Museum, Taipei
26th June, 2013. Taitung

  
NT$10 : Tawny Fish Owl (黃魚鴞)
NT$5 : Eastern Grass Owl (東方草鴞)
Taiwan (2013)
26th June, 2013. Nantou
26th June, 2013. Pingtung

After releasing “Owls of Taiwan” stamp sets in 2011 and 2012, Taiwan is following up with last set of four stamps in 2013 featuring 4 owls, 12 owls have been shown while 13 owls was discovered in whole islands.

Specially with Ryukyu Scops Owl, it only to be found on Orchid Island, which is off the East Coast of Taiwan proper. It has a brown facial disc and ear tufts. Its head and upper body feathers are brown with dark brown and tan stripes. Its breast and belly feathers are tawny. It lives mainly in forests.

8 August 2013

White Stork in Switzerland
白鸛


White Stork (白鸛)
Switzerland (2013)
7th May, 2013. Bern / Selach

White Stork (白鸛)
Switzerland (2013)
5th July, 2013. Brittnau

In 1949, Switzerland’s white stork population disappeared, leaving a landscape totally devoid of bill clattering. Max Bloesch (1908–97), known as the “Father of the Storks”, successfully reintroduced these long-legged birds to Altreu (Canton Solothurn). Today, some 300 breeding pairs circle the skies between the plain of the River Orbe and Canton St. Gallen’s Rhine Valley.

These two first day covers and maxicards are feature the postmark of Bern and Selach. Where are the official first day cancellation and the reintroduced place of White Storks. And the last, a pair of cover and maxicard feature postmark of Brittnau, which the postmark illustrated a pair of White Stork.

10 July 2013

National bird of Lithuania
立陶宛的國鳥

White Stork (白鸛)
Lithuania (2013)
6th April, 2013. Vilnjus

White Stork is common bird in Europe, when I was introduced this species in here. After Albania, Latvia, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal and Austria, it is the seventh country to show their White Stork stamp here. In each summer, White Stork will be migrated from sub-Sahara area to Europe, for their next generation. The males mostly come first to find back their nest and females arrive in following dates. When October, the weather of Europe becomes cold, those White Storks with their chick will migrate back to sub-Sahara area, which are large groups across Mediterranean Sea. 

White Stork also is a national bird of Lithuania, of course it is easily to obverse this species through out the country, and its neighbourhood countries.

25 May 2013

Macaws
金剛鸚鵡

Hyacinth Macaw (紫藍金剛鸚鵡)
Guyana (1993)
18th March, 2013. Philatelic Bureau

Red-and-green Macaw (綠翅金剛鸚鵡)
Guyana (1993)
18th March, 2013. Philatelic Bureau

Macaw is a type of parrot lives in New World, which native from Central America to South America, especially in rain forest. They mostly in large size and having colourful feather, for example as first maxicard, Hyacinth Macaw in blue colour and the eyes with yellow frame ; Red-and green Macaw is in reddish head and green body. Those sharp colour with long tail attracted many people be their pets. As result, many native macaws are caught for illegal animal trade and their quantity decrease immediately.

Guyana is in the north-east of Amazon Forest, the country to be found couple of macaw species. Here are 2 of them shown above maxicards are examples.

15 May 2013

Birds of Montserrat
蒙特賽拉特雀鳥

Antillean Common Gallinule 黑水雞 (安的列斯群島亞種)
Montserrat (2009)
21st March, 2013. Brades

I think most of people don't know where is Montserrat, however if you collect stamp, you may known that there is a British Overseas Territory in the Leeward Islands. And of course not only the geographic detail, most of people known that the territory joint with IGPC issues huge of quantity of stamps to earn money from philatelists. However in today, which country don't issue money for money?

These two maxicards feature the 2009 Birds of Montserrat stamps, the stamps not in good quality as only printed in Taiwan, but they look fine, at least in my opinion. Above species indicated in stamp is Common Moorhen, which is commonly to be found in the world, however some American biologist split sub-species in New World into individual species in few years called Gallinule. So Antillean Common
Gallinule now is a sub-species to Common Gallinule.

Western Cattle Egret (黃頭鷺)
Montserrat (2009)
21st March, 2013. Brades

26 April 2013

Osprey and Eurasian Kestrel
魚鷹和紅隼


Up : Osprey (魚鷹) ; down : Eurasian Kestrel (紅隼)
Burundi (2011)
13th February, 2013. Bujumbura

In this website, Osprey and Eurasian Kestrel are shown many times, from America, Europe to Asia, even in Africa. However it is the first time to show them from Burundi, a poor country in central Africa. In recent years, the post office seems sell the philatelic service to Stamperija, who is a stamp agency base on Lithuania. The poor thing is they issued a lot of stamps that not related to the countries, forunately their stamp design better than IGPC or COPREFIL, above two stamps are examples - I confirmed they can purchased in Burundi !

As repeated many times, I don't make description again. But so sad that the postmarks are not clear to read.

18 April 2013

Roseate Spoonbill
玫瑰琵鷺

Costa Rica (2010)
24th August, 2010. Costa Rica

Except the envelope show in last post, the envelope also includes one maxicard. Perhaps it is watered postmark, this is not good effect on the shire postcard as above example. Roseate Spoonbill now is one of endanger species to America, it appears on Florida to almost all Latin and South American countries.

26 March 2013

Black-winged Stilt in senegal
塞內加爾的黑翅長腳鷸

Black-winged Stilt (黑翅長腳鷸)
Senegal (2010)
16th January, 2013. Dakar

If you remember the card shown in February features Bosnia stamp, you can remember that it is a Black-winged Stilt, this time although it is same bird, it is a Senegal stamp - a small interesting country in west Africa. No surprising of that as Black-winged Stilt is a very common resident bird to be found in Old World - from Europe to south Asia and Africa, except Sahara Desert of course.

So pity the postmark not clearly enough, but please note that the month nail is in hand-writing format, instead of ordinary steel nail.

28 February 2013

The migratory birds in Pakistan
巴基斯坦候鳥




From top to bottom :
Northern Shoveler (琵嘴鴨) ; Snow Goose (雪雁)
 Siberian Crane (西伯利亞白鶴) ; White Stork (白鸛)
 Pakistan (2012)
27th September, 2012. Karachi

Do you remember the first day cover of The migratory birds in Pakistan ? Just posted on November. In here I would shown a set of maxicards of this issue. Although the first one has mirror mistake, they overall look beauty and attractive. Thanks Patrick to help me coordinate the cards.

19 February 2013

Street art - The Faroes my country
海報 : 大西洋海雀

Atlantic Puffin (角嘴海雀)
Faroe Islands (2012)
24th September, 2012. Tórshavn

Islandic Oystercatcher (冰島蠣鷸)
Faroe Islands (2012)
24th September, 2012. Tórshavn

Since 2009, Faroe Post began to issue postage label for self-posting machines, and in the meanwhile they closed couple of post offices in rural area. The label format as well as Denmark and Greenland. In here is the fourth series features Street art - The Faroes my country. Four Faroes common animals selected and become characteristic cartoons. Above, two maxicards are birds while another two animals as below first day cover.

The four animals be named as Media Whore, Hipster, Biker and Emo-martyr respectively.

14 February 2013

Black-winged Stilt
黑翅長腳鷸

Bosnia Herzegovina/Herceg Bosna (2005) 
2nd March, 2005. Čapljina

Black-winged Stilt is a widely water-bird to be found in the old world - Europe, Africa and Asia, its beautiful body with long pinked legs attracted many birdwatchers. The bird, can be divided into 5 sub-species includes American sub-species, however now the American one becomes one individual species Black-necked Stilt (黑頸長腳鷸) Himantopus mexicanus.

Here is the maxicard of the Bosnian stamp which issued by Herceg Bosna, the country now has three postal administrations to carry mail from different parts of country. Herceg Bosna administration is terminated at Mostar. The postmark is shown the map features a river through Čapljina, the settlement located in the border of Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

4 February 2013

Bullfinch
紅腹灰雀

 Bullfinch (紅腹灰雀)
Poland (2012)
10th October, 2011. Limanowa

Piotr Kwit (1929-2002), is a nature painter of Poland. He was a folk artist from the village of Zalesie, near Limanowa in southern Poland. He sculpted birds, saints, historical personalities and classical music composers. He painted landscapes of the Gorce and the Beskid Wyspowy hills and of his home village as well as birds and religious scenes.

Below maxicard shown an illustration postcard 50's year of last century in Switzerland. Only three-colour lithographic to be processed and this is the most modernised in this era.

16 January 2013

Birds in Caribbean
加勒比地區的鳥類

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.

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