Thursday, 24 August 2017
I could not find one for the Slaty-backed Goshawk, and the image on the stamp is not like any illustrations I could find of the species. It looks more like a Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), but without finding the source photograph, I will list it as unidentified.
The stamp titled "New Britain Goshawk (Accipiter princeps)" is based on this photograph of Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae).
I have delayed publishing these observations for fear of causing the issue to be cancelled.
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Using Google's image search of this particular photograph results in a suggestion by Google that the bird is an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus). The photograph has been used in several places on the web, but perhaps the most authoritative was this one on Oriental Bird Images. This photograph was taken in January, 2009 at the Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India, by Nikhil Devasar.
One is reminded of a similar error from PNG when an image of the South American Harpy Eagle was used in 2008 to portray a New Guinea Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae).
I may just check for a few more source photographs...
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Recently, several sales have appeared on Delcampe with the names of countries whose stamps are usually produced by IGPC. The images are not very clear, but the countries included so far are Ghana, Palau and Guyana. If and when these appear on IGPC's website, I will list them.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
PostEurop has announced that the theme for 2019 will be "National Birds". There is plenty of scope for repeats as many European countries with a nominated national bird have already issued stamps featuring them. Also, a few European countries do not have a nominated national bird. Will they hastily choose one?