We are still waiting for this issue to be released. The PNG designs have already been published, but it seems that India is finding it difficult to fit it into its programme. I just came across this snippet on an Indian philatelic web site. PostPNG has not changed it expected date.
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Nampost have published the 2018 and 2019 stamp programmes which includes on 18 May, rare birds, a set of 5 stamps but with no further details. I presume this is due to the Birdpex8 iniative to suggest rare species to postal authorities.
Also, there will be an issue on Cuckoos due on 12 June 2019. There are 11 from which to choose 4.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
When I announced the Owls Issue due in August, I overlooked that the programme for 2018 also included Reintroduced Species due to be issued on April 17. This site gives several species that may be included, with a few birds likely. Possible candidates are
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus),
Common Crane (Grus grus),
Eurasian Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus),
Great Bustard (Otis tarda),
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) and
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). Any of these are possible, but we will be lucky to get 3.
"Polish Birds": 4 stamps disappointingly all Owls, namely
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiaca),
Little Owl (Athene noctua),
Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) and
Northern Long-eared Owl (Asio otus).
Issue date is 30/11/17 and is listed on Polish Post towards the bottom of the page.
Friday, 24 November 2017
I have not seen Estonia's programme for 2018 yet, but a stamp for the bird of the year has been issued for each of the past 17 years, so I hope this will continue. The bird of the year for 2018 will be the Eurasian Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus). We await news from Estonia Post.
Here is a page with the illustration of the bird. Toppskarfur is its Icelandic name.