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Julia Lee28/03/2013 09:43:42
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What are the bits of falconry equipment? I understand the glove, and is that a hood at bottom right? What are the other items on the A and E values?

Adrian28/03/2013 09:53:37
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Yes that's a hood. The bag is a falconry bag, to keep your equipment in (nowadays made as men's shoulder bags) and the other thing I would think is a lure. A thingy on a cord which is swung around for the bird to chase.

Vera02/05/2013 12:38:39
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Posted by Julia Lee on 14/06/2012 10:51:00:

Google Translate gives me 'mountain' or 'upland' or 'mountainy' [sic] for horsky.

and ousel is the old english name for common blackbird..

Adrian07/05/2013 14:58:43
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It's that time of year again! Delius may have written beautiful music on the theme, but nothing beats the real thing of hearing the first cuckoo of spring!


We went up our local hill this morning, where we know the cuckoo comes every year, and halfway up we could indeed hear it. Such a glorious moment!

At the top we met another hillwalker who said that it was the male only who makes that distinctive call. The call of the female is completely different and somewhat resembles that of a woodpecker. And lo and behold, when we walked down we actually saw the male cuckoo, which is rather uncommon, and a few minutes later he was joined by a female! He flew after her and she backed off a bit, thereby making that sound the man had described. We couldn't believe our luck!

John McCallum10/05/2013 14:05:23
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Poland has produced some nice nature designs in the last decade.

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Adrian12/05/2013 09:48:41
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Great ospreys there, John, a lovely sheet.

I got myself a few Canadian birds last Friday, at our stamp club night. I know it's not the complete thing, but I believe there were only four designs anyway, so that's fine.


We here have (clockwise from top left) the Lapland Longspur, the Rock Ptarmigan, the Arctic Tern and the Golden Eagle.

They are from a long-running series of bird stamps which Canada issued in the 1990s. I think the designs are all fabulousand the whole set is a sight for sore eyes.

Adrian21/05/2013 09:02:02
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I have my family over from Holland at the moment and my sis gave me this old stockbook filled with bird stamps. Great! Most are used but there's quite a few mint ones among them as well, so I'll be showing some of these over the next couple of days.

First up is Sri Lanka and this Sri Lanka Blue Magpie on a 1979 stamp.


I love our European magpies but this is a beautiful bird indeed.

Just as exotic, this 1958 stamp from Netherlands New Guinea, depicting the Lesser Bird of Paradise:


Like the other one, this bird sports a very impressive tail.

I know they're both 'common' stamps but when taken out of their country setting and placed in a bird collection, they become so much more interesting!

Edited By Adrian on 23/05/2013 08:57:11

Adrian23/05/2013 09:06:22
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Some more common stamps which we would normally never look at anymore:

Maldive Islands 1973: the Golden-fronted Leafbird:


and my favourite of the day:

United States of America 1954: the Bald Eagle:


So unassuming, yet such a beautiful stamp. It also exists in rose-red, as a 5c value. Can anyone upload that one?

Billy Broadland23/05/2013 09:26:24
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Billy Broadland23/05/2013 09:29:22
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Or this one!!


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