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Adrian04/11/2012 09:50:37
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Just bought myself the 1965 bird definitive set from Mauritius and it's quite a good set. The lowest values are very popular and can be found in almost everyone's collections, but the higher values you don't see that often.

What I liked particularly about them, and I only found out after having bought them, was that the highest values depict extinct birds, and say so on the stamp. So even way back then the theme of endangered (or worse) species was catching on philatelically.

Julia Lee05/11/2012 09:15:28
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What counts as a high value in this set?

Adrian05/11/2012 09:29:15
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Before checking, I figured it would be the rupee values (as opposed to the lower cent values), and indeed all rupee values depict extinct birds, but then, the 60c also has an extinct bird, a Dutch pigeon, no less! Funny name, seeing that I've never ever seen one of those in the Netherlands. But then, it was extinct before I came into this world, so it does figure. But seriously, it was called a Dutch Pigeon because of its colours (red, white and blue) resembling those of the Dutch flag. Here is the **Wikipedia** entry for the bird.

So, there seems to be no real logic to it, just that all values up to 50c have 'normal' birds, and the values from 60c upwards have extinct birds.

Adrian05/01/2013 09:33:24
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Any idea what the fastest animal on earth is?

Clue: seeing you're reading this is in this thread, it must be a bird!

Carmen05/01/2013 13:28:04
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Ah... the blessings of Wiki... with dives at speeds of up to 325 km/hr surprise , that would be the beautiful peregrine falcon, my good man.

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Adrian05/01/2013 13:33:20
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Well done you. Isn't that just absolutely amazing! Some speed, eh?!

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Julia Lee07/01/2013 11:01:40
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Using Wiki is cheating, Carmen, as any fule kno.

Alex13/01/2013 14:55:27
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Two of my favorite North American birds are the Blue Jay and the Bluebird. I used to love watching flocks of eastern Bluebirds, a sight to remember.

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Adrian13/01/2013 16:37:48
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Love 'em! Especially the bottom stamp of the blue jay. Have always thought that a gorgeous stamp. It must be fabulous to see those birds in real life! Found another American blue jay on a stamp. Had never seen this one before.

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Nice!

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Alex13/01/2013 17:00:47
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Another North American bird I like is the Hummingbird. I only encountered these on the west coast, in California. They're quite small; first time I saw one I thought, jeez, what a big bug!

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The Blue Jay is, however, still my favorite. They are intelligent critters.

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