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Julia Lee13/03/2013 15:53:15
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Other things to note:

1. 'Lundi' is the Icelandic word for puffin, as shown on stamp. Wikipedia has this to say about the island of Lundy off the British coast: 'The name Lundy is believed to come from the old Norse word for "puffin island" (Lundey), lundi being the Norse word for a puffin and ey, an island'

2. The hot dog diagram would go nicely in our Food thread.

3. A PROPER hot dog is bun/dog/ketchup/French's mustard, but perhaps that ought to go in the food thread.

som ghatak13/03/2013 16:01:57
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My Lundy Puffins))

Julia Lee13/03/2013 16:03:48
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Hurray! Thanks Som!

Lundy stamps are denominated in Puffins. More details here.

som ghatak13/03/2013 16:24:39
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My pleasure

Over a period of time Lundy island have issued many stamps on Puffin for use as local post

Vera22/03/2013 12:20:01
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Posted by Adrian on 13/03/2013 15:46:51:

Iceland will be issuing a set of modern design stamps tomorrow, and surprisingly, there is a stamp among the lot which I think is splendid.

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Look at that puffin! Wonderful!

it sure is wonderful, but I do hope its not a case of sunburn due to global warming

Julia Lee22/03/2013 12:22:39
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Those are some tan-lines!

Vera22/03/2013 12:28:35
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This is a great place to keep up-to-date with the latest in bird stamps, but my own quest takes me backwards as I search for postal history with birds. I recently acquired this 1958 new Zealand cover .

The stamps show Australian Gannets at the Hawkes Bay Gannet Reserve

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Vera22/03/2013 12:30:39
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Does anyone know the postage rate of that era, NZ to UK 1958 ? The cover has 21d applied.

Adrian26/03/2013 08:30:57
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@ Vera: I know someone who collects NZ so he might know but I think he's preoccupied digging out his cattle from under the snow so it might be a little while before he's back on stamps and I can bother him about this.

Furthermore:

Aland will be issuing new bird stamps in April. There's loons included and somehow I'm always happy to see a loon on a stamp. Here's the press release:

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Loons and grebes in this year's stamp booklet


The four stamp motifs included in this year's booklet were painted by Swedish artist Bo Lundwall. Since 1989, he has devoted all his time to zoological painting, and he has had many commissions from businesses, private individuals and galleries. Bo has published many books and designed two stamp series for the Swedish Post. His list of exhibitions includes exhibitions in the Nordic countries as well in the USA, and his paintings have been sold in Christie's Wildlife Art auction in London.

The Black-throated Loon is 60 to 70 cm in length with a 110 to 130 cm wingspan. It is easily distinguished by a grey head and a chequered black-and-white mantle. The Red-throated Loon is 50 to 70 cm in length with a 105 to 115 cm wingspan. Its bill is thin and often held pointing slightly upwards. The adult bird has a dark grey head and an all-dark grey-brown mantle. The Great Crested Grebe is 45 to 50 cm in length with a 85 to 90 cm wingspan. These birds are easily distinguished from other water birds by their elaborate black and reddish brown wide cheek tufts. The Horned Grebe is 30 to 40 cm in length with a 60 to 65 cm wingspan. It is unmistakable with its distinctive bright orange earlike tufts, black cheeks and red neck.

This is the third time Åland Post issues WWF stamps (World Wildlife Fund). Two WWF booklets have been issued previously, one presenting Eagle Owls in 1996 and another featuring Steller's Eiders in 2001. Issued since 1982, WWF stamps form the largest thematic stamp collection in the world. WWF stamps always feature endangered species. Part of the stamp issue is sold in the form of thematic packs, and part of the profit is donated to WWF to assist them in preserving endangered species.

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Of those mentioned, I have the Steller's Eider stamps, which are beautiful:

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Adrian27/03/2013 16:09:16
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Birds are going fine! Portugal issued a great set on falconry this month.

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Depicted are the Northern Goshawk (A20), the Eurasian (or Northern) Sparrowhawk (E20), the Golden Eagle (I20) and the Peregrine Falcon (N20).

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