Sunday, 16 June 2019

Estonia's Bird of the Year: Nightjar on live webcam

Looduskalender is hosting a live webcam of a Nightjar on its nest in Estonia. Two chicks are present in the nest which has an adult sitting tight during the day. After midnight UK time, the adults feed the chicks. Estonia is 2 hours ahead of UK.

10th July. It looks like the family has dispersed.

A mixture of "spotted" thrushes

Tino Mischler has been checking through the stamps on my pages for Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) and Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) and has made some observations about anomalies.

The stamp from Turkish Cyprus which is supposed to show T. philomelos actually has a bird that is right for T. viscivorus (Greyish colour and cheek markings).

Conversely, the stamp from Bahrain listed as T. viscivorus shows a bird that looks more like T. philomelos: brown back, no vertical eye-stripes.

I shall change these two identities in my next update.

The best example of T. viscivorus would appear to be the stamp issued by Bulgaria in 1999.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Possible disruption of my website

I have been experiencing some technical problems with the laptop that I use to maintain my website.

I will try to overcome these issues during April, but if for any reason I am unable to update my main site, I should be able to keep this blog up to date.

Also, I have noticed that Natural Science Stamps has not been updated since 19/2/19 without any reason being posted. It occurred to me that the same could happen to my site. So, if that should happen, I shall try to post news on this blog, or arrange for this to happen.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Europa 2019: National Birds

We are probably all aware that PostEurop's theme for 2019 is "National Birds", and Europa Stamps blog is carefully listing issues that we have been made aware of. The same blog informs us that we can use an app to scan some of the stamps which will enable us to hear sounds of the bird scanned.

Today, I used the app on my Android phone to scan one of the Gibraltar stamp images. I did not hear any sound, but there was an option to link to somewhere to order the stamp. For Gibraltar, the correct page came up in my browser, but details of the issue were not yet available.

More interestingly, there is a link to "More Bird Stamps" which was a great surprise, as in addition to those we already knew about, there are several stamps illustrated of which I was not yet aware, including a new species on stamps: Greece has Western Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer).

NB. PostEurop clarified its definition of "National Birds" to be "National birds are native birds living on the territory of a country", which gives much more scope than most of us initially thought. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

More coming from PCi!

I noticed some new sales on Delcampe from a seller in Russia featuring birds of prey with the names of territories which are clients of PCi. These items are not on PCi's website, so I checked with the company.

Apparently, they are official issues and will be in the next new issue bulletin shortly.  While they are official and releases at the post offices did take place PCi were surprised to see them on the market already.

I will await better images on PCi's website before listing them.

Intriguingly and worryingly, PCi also informed me that this issue is expected to be part of a larger collection of “birds of the world” that is expected to be ongoing.

Update As these are all shown on PCi's website, I have listed them, but if the future "birds of the world" series appears, I may ignore them like I do for Stamperija's output.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Moldova Birds of Prey

A sheet of 12 stamps featuring the heads of various birds of prey has appeared on a Delcampe sale. I cannot find any reference to this on the Moldova Post website nor on the International Moldovan Philatelic Society site.

Update Correspondents have pointed out to me that the Delcampe seller has several other similar sales, all apparently in the name of Moldova and issued in 2018. I regret raising this as the set is obviously not official.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Birdpex8 PCi stamps released

The Birdpex8 issues have been announced officially by Philatelic Collector Inc. and are available for purchase. More news here.