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Adrian28/05/2013 09:54:55
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My sister's bird book keeps on yielding nice little gems, such as this 1982 Lesotho stamp, depicting the Greater Kestrel:

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And here's a 1959 Hungary stamp depicting the Little Egret:

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Love the fluffy chicks!

Adrian29/05/2013 08:50:11
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Two more overly well-known ones, love the 1960s designs of these: Congo 1963, from the Protected Birds series, the 10c showing Great White Pelicans,

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and the 20c depicting Crested Guineafowl.

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Vera29/05/2013 13:39:26
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The characters of the b irds are captured so well in Congo stamps. If you've ever fed pelicans along the shore, that exactly the look you get , head titled sideways, beak ready in case there's a fish to be had. And guinea fowl...sort of tip-toeing around, ever ready to dash off .

Here's a recent Canadian stamp which I found amusing..must have been a lack of tree trunks around and chosen a hose pipe instead for nesting...looks quite cosy and somewhat protected, as long as there's no fire . Birds are Tree Swallow(Tachycineta bicolor)

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Adrian30/05/2013 15:01:17
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Glad to hear the Congo designs are spot on. You'd think, them being slightly simplistic, that the designs would be rather crude and not real life like, but they obviously are. Great!

Love that Canadian stamp.

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My final offerings from my sisters bird book, both from Niger. My favourite is the 1959 definitive showing crowned cranes. Such a beautiful stamp. The only thing is that there is a black crowned crane and a grey crowned crane. I presumed this was the grey crowned crane but the Birds on Stamps website states it is the black version, so there you are.

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My other stamp from Niger dates from 1967 and depicts the Pied Kingfisher.This design is not half as pleasing and you need to study it closely to see any birds at all. Pity, because the birds have quite a remarkable plumage and would look great on a better designed stamp.

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Julia Lee30/05/2013 15:05:50
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I like the action and the habitat though. This would be a great stamp with the birds in colour.

Adrian30/05/2013 15:18:59
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They're black and white.

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Julia Lee30/05/2013 15:21:36
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Oh, oops! As implied by 'pied' of course. (Piebald horses are black and white, in English).

I thought that's what you were referring to, in terms of not being able to see plumage clearly, because they are right there in the middle of the stamp. But now I see what you mean!

I think I'll slink back off to my proof-reading now.

Vera30/05/2013 15:30:09
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that was quick Adrian, saved me an explanation for Julia

Another stamp from Niger 1967 series is the 1f Red-billed Hornbill and like the kingfisher stamp you have to look closely to see what the bird is doing. In this case, its at the nest feeding the enclosed mate through a narrow opening..which gets sealed up again at night against predators. Please note the engravers name

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Vera30/05/2013 15:35:18
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THe 1959 Crane stamp is the first bird stamp issued from Niger. Its a 7v set.

The 2f stamp is the same design , different colours

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Vera30/05/2013 15:40:27
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One of my favorite stamps is the highest value from that first 1959 set. Carmine bee-eater.

 

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