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Thread: Collecting Birds on Stamps
05/03/2013 13:53:34

Here is a perfectly cancelled stamp of a Singapore Western Yellow Wagtail for my Travelling birds map . It arrived today and I see its a 2010 reprint of the 2007 defintive series..which has had numerous reprints for all six stamps of the set. It would be quite a challenge to collect all the reprints. This particular one is labelled 2007F. I also like birds which are cancelled in their own place of residence.

singapore.yellowwagtail. eddie.jpg

05/03/2013 13:44:57

I like the new Falklands set, the designs are clear and uncluttered and Johnny Rook is as handsome as ever ! By clicking on the stamp image you see brilliant detail in the enlarged scan. enlightened

10/02/2013 13:53:14

Talking about philatelic covers, my friend in India creates his own elaborate covers to match the cache to the stamps. Extra stamps were added on the back to pay the correct registered postage. Fairly stiff card is used to for the cover so this protects any enclosures but would add considerably to the weight , in this case it came to 55gms.

The birds stamps are a Bugun Lioccichla and a Nicobar Megapode.

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Edited By Vera on 10/02/2013 13:53:54

10/02/2013 12:47:35
Posted by Alex on 10/02/2013 12:34:27:

No, the stamp was intended for Express Mail Next Day service, though it could be used for other services, such as packages

..mmm, then it's a mis-use on the special cover..took more than next day to reach Edwads AFB face 1

10/02/2013 12:40:56
Posted by Alex on 10/02/2013 11:15:27:


Registered philatelic Swiss cover to West Germany. Nice blocks of Woodpecker, Blue tits, Glebes and Hoopoe, youth issues of 1971.


Many stamps have been used for a relatively short journey....Do you know the postal rates of the time, and were stamps used to pay the reg fee?

and..who determined the postal fee for a letter to the moon and back..$9.35...that one wasn't  even registered surprise



Edited By Vera on 10/02/2013 12:44:13

10/02/2013 12:28:29

Does anyone know if that $9.35 American Bald Eagle stamp on Alex's special cover above was issued especially for the Challenger Shuttle Launch. It can't be a co-incidence they were both released in the same year? indecision

10/02/2013 12:05:18
Posted by Alex on 10/02/2013 11:40:28:

The Swiss town is Riggisberg, as on the label.

Thanks, and I was able to read it when I enlarged the image to get the url for the map.

10/02/2013 11:56:05

Christmas Island is a territory of Australia, known for the large breeding colonies of Greater Frigatebird and Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) . Each Christmas are issued stamps with a humorous illustration featuring Santa and his local helpers, such as the Red Crabs, Green Turtle and Frigtebirds. smiley


Edited By Vera on 10/02/2013 12:23:55

10/02/2013 11:42:53
Posted by som ghatak on 08/02/2013 16:32:57:

From Peter Pan series 2010 Black-headed Gull

Who remembers the tales about Peter Pan.? Needs to be re-read....I have no recollection of Black-headed gulls in the story

10/02/2013 11:34:02
Posted by Alex on 10/02/2013 11:15:27:

These ones are for you, Vera.

Registered philatelic Swiss cover to West Germany. Nice blocks of Woodpecker, Blue tits, Glebes and Hoopoe, youth issues of 1971.

This bird has flown high, right across the world, in fact. 1983 $9.35 express stamp with Bald Eagle. This cover, one of about 250000, was carried aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger and was sold on the philatelic market afterwards. I remember wanting one at the time, couldn't afford it however. Got this cover nearly thirty years after the event.

They are special covers indeed Alex and thanks for sharing. If it's OK with you I will add the Swiss birds to the Google map if you can give me the town name

The Bald Eagle, now thats a really flown cover and an excellent use of the stamp enlightened

Thread: Which engravers / engraved stamps do you most admire?
05/02/2013 12:57:47

Prompted by Adrain here are the other two modern engraved stamps from the First series of Taiwan Owls from 2011. Click on this link to see the first two stamps



There could be more intials hidden amongst the feathers


05/02/2013 12:48:25
Posted by Julia Lee on 05/02/2013 12:23:57:

Was there a special series from the French Colonies around this time?

Som uploaded a Niger Protectorate stamp that's absolutely gorgeous:


The Niger stamp is a great favorite stamp of mine and I use it as an avatar on other forums. That particuar stamp initated a wonderful party blog we had called "Birds and Boats".smiley

Ask Som how he found out about that stamp

The Madagasgar 1952, 7v series contains 3 bird stamps.Ttwo of this Long-legged ground roller , and a 100f Grey-headed gull. There were no more birds on stamps from Madagasgar until 1992.


Edited By Vera on 05/02/2013 12:48:57

05/02/2013 12:18:24

Time for a bird stamp from Gandon, 1954, and how I wish all bird stamps were engraved.


Thread: Collecting Birds on Stamps
05/02/2013 11:57:50
Posted by som ghatak on 03/02/2013 19:07:31:

Thats wonderful finding Vera

Som, I was advised by the sender of the stamps that intials were hidden in the engravings. So in a way I discovered them for myself and these are my own scans which I scoured with a strong magnifyer to find what you see here. Maybe there are more initials..who knows, we could ask the engravers who did all the hard work. smiley

03/02/2013 13:09:51


03/02/2013 13:09:00

Have you seen the recent Taiwan engraved owls on stamps? Four stamps of endemic owls were released in 2011 and a second in 2012. I believe there wil be another set this year 2013. The engravers all left their marks on these stamps..which you can see by scanning at 600dpi ! Here's a couple of them and I do have scans of them all if you want to see more. The magnified lettering on the stamps relates to the names of the engravers, Lin Hong song, Chou Mei Ling, Chen Yu Ling and Huang Lien Tsai. Printed by intaglio on phosphorescent paper.


03/02/2013 12:46:12

I'm really keen on travelled birds so here's a couple of the raptors which flew in from Mountain Lakes. I wanted to replace this image for the one in my previous posting .


03/02/2013 12:43:17

This is the complete set of the 2012 USA raptor portraits, the names of the birds are easy to read and only the purists really want the Latin name as well.


Thread: What do you collect?
03/02/2013 11:56:17
Posted by Adrian on 02/02/2013 15:45:32:

Yes, please DO! The more the merrier!


I'm doing my best but realized I joined in here to meet other bird stamp collectors, other than Som that is...we are old buddies .

Thread: Abu Dhabi
01/02/2013 12:03:34
Posted by Nathan Sinclair on 01/02/2013 08:55:36:

Really happy today to have finally completed a couple of expensive years of Abu Dhabi and now the cheaper issues await me What do you thinkl of my layout, trying to make it as neat as possible.

Congratualtions on your beautiful collection so precisely set out. hot I think the layout is fine, there's plenty of space around each stamp so you can appreciate each beauty. I prefer more write up with stamps as having to check against a catalog isnt always practicle

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