Friday, 8 December 2017

Kyrgyzstan Express Post 2018 Programme

The 2018 programme includes Birds of Kyrgyzstan to be issued in Quarter 2 (April to June) but with no further details.
In Quarter 4 (October to December) there is the start of a new series "Red Book of Kyrgyzstan".  There are 53 species of birds listed here.

New from Belarus

A set of 4 stamps, to be issued on January  3 under the unpromising title "Children philately. Chicks" has some very useful additions to the Belarus collection.
Species featured include Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula),
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo),
Hazel Grouse (Bonasa bonasia) and what appears to be a type of heron but I cannot make out the name. I guess it is probably Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea).

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

New Zealand - image recycling

On January 10, New Zealand will issue 4 stamps to celebrate the Year of the Dog. The top value has 2 small images of flying birds which seem to be variations of the image used on one of the set issued for the 2016 Year of the Monkey. The smaller image may reduce the apparent stylisation, but it still will not get on my page for Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica).

Monday, 4 December 2017

Maldives Seabird Identified

One of the seabirds stamps issued in the name of the Maldives in 2014 is supposed to show Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) which is obviously wrong, so I listed it as unidentified. Recently, I came across this photograph of a Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) taken in New Zealand and which appears on this web page. I think it is very likely that this photograph was used as a basis of the design. This species is listed for the Maldives as rare/accidental. I will eventually publish this identification on my website. 

Norway correction

The link to Norway's splendid issue of 3 stamps due on January 2nd has changed to here since I published it, and so has the one to the Bouvet Island issue.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

New from Bolivia

Endangered fauna: 2 stamps featuring Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Phibalura flavirostris) and Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis) issued 18 October 2017. This information was found on Natural Science Stamps. Bolivia has issued stamps with these species previously,  but these are a worthy addition to the collection.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

New from North Korea

Flora and Fauna in Korean Paintings: 4 stamps. One has birds that look like Pittas and pair of rail-like birds. I do not think these are identifiable.   A second stamp has a family of Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus). Date of issue unknown.  Source - a Delcampe sale.