Border birds

FLIGHT June 2010 – Volume 24 No. 4
Belarus - 3.10.09 - Nature reserve - Belovezhskaya Puscha

The three birds in this set appear in the lower selvedge of the strip. Below the red deer stamp there is a Black Grouse, Tetrao tetrix. In the lower right-hand corner there is a Tawny Owl, Strix aluco and a Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo.

Belgium - 15.4.10 - Buzin's Birds

On occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Belgian "bird" stamps of André Buzin the Belgian Post emitted a special stamp issue on 12th of April 2010. This will begin a series of "25 years of high-fliers in philately".

In addition to the five raptor species on 1st class stamps the sheet shows an Osprey, Pandion haliaetus in the surrounds. It features as the subject of a monochrome self portrait of the artist painting by a lake shore. The Osprey image can also be seen on the easel.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines - 1.8.09 - Preserve the polar regions and glaciers

These sheets are a real oddity. I can only quote the inscription on the 4 @ $3 sheet to explain.
'This unique arctic (sic!) penguin scene was created using a combination of reused material, scraps and buttons, to create an eco-friendly design.'

In these circumstances positive identifications are rather difficult. However, all the birds wholly in the surrounds (on both sheets) can be judged as Adelie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae. However, nobody will take issue with any other ideas!

Comoro Islands - 2.3.09 – Owls

The coloured bird in the surrounds is Northern White-faced Owl, Ptilopsis leucotis.

In the top left panel the mono-coloured birds are, from left to right:
Southern White-faced Owl, Ptilopsis granti;
Unidentified species of owl; Long-eared Owl, Asio Otus;
Pemba Scops-Owl, Otus pembaensis;

In the top right surrounds the mono-coloured birds are:
African Wood-Owl, Strix woodfordii;
Barn Owl, Tyto alba.

The mono-coloured owls are, curiously, presented as negative images.

Comoro Islands - 2.3.09 – Kingfishers

The coloured pair of birds in the surrounds is inscribed 'Halcyon smyrnensis' - i.e. White-breasted Kingfisher. The white throat and upper breast exhibited by this species are not very evident but no other species seems to fit better.

In the top left panel the mono-coloured birds are, clockwise from top left:
Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis;
Collared Kingfisher, Todiramphus chloris;
Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maximus;
African Pygmy-Kingfisher, Ispidina picta.

In the top right surrounds the mono-coloured birds are:
Left - Malachite Kingfisher, Alcedo cristata;
Right - Woodland Kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis.

Micronesia - 2009 - Birds of the Pacific
In sheet of 4

Here we have a Black-naped Tern, Sterna sumatrana at the top - though the tail does not appear deeply enough forked.

In souvenir sheet

Plainly here we have a Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus.

Finland - 24.3.10 - Life on the coast (right)

The gulls in the minisheet surrounds are Mew Gulls Larus canus.

Jersey Birdlife IV - Woodland birds - 1.4.10

This souvenir sheetlet shows five of the six species that appear on the stamps - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Chiff-chaff and Turtle Dove. The Short-toed Treecreeper does not appear in the borders.

Gambia - 24.2.10 – Darwin
Here is yet another issue celebrating the birth bicentenary of Charles Darwin. The stamps are:
Green Warbler-Finch
Certhidia olivacea
Large Cactus-Finch
Geospiza conirostris
Common Cactus-Finch
Geospiza scandens
Small Ground-Finch
Geospiza fuliginosa

The two lower species are the first examples on stamps.

The border bird is clearly one of the Galapagos mockingbirds. The pattern of black and white eye-stripes suggests San Cristobal Mockingbird, Mimus melanotis, itself new on stamps - if you count border birds.

Namibia - 8.2.10 - Endangered species

The long-necked forward facing bird to the left of the surrounds is a Rueppell's Bustard, Eupodotis rueppellii, judging by the dark line down the throat and neck.

In the bottom left-hand corner there is a Jackass Penguin, Spheniscus demersus.

Below centre is a Damara Tern, Sternula balaenarum, the first example on stamps.

30 July 2010: "The recent miniature sheet from Namibia features a Cape Gannet on the left hand side of the sheet, not a Rueppells Bustard. It is drawn from a most peculiar angle. These birds are currently visiting us off the coast of KwaZulu Natal chasing after the sardines as they make their way up the coast in the annual sardine run. Absolutely spectacular watching them just close their wings and plummet into the sea.
Graham Burrows
Thanks very much for the corrected id. It looks obvious now you have pointed it out. I will have your text posted on the website and amend the id. in June FLIGHT.
Roger Chapman"

St. Thomas & Prince Is. - 2009 – Raptors

I need some help with this one!

There are four birds in the top centre label (see blow-up, right), none of which can I identify positively. The falcon at bottom left may be Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus and the falcon at top right may be Saker Falcon, Falco cherrug. The vulture at bottom right may be Lappet-faced Vulture, Torgos tracheliotus, but it's not very convincing. The fourth bird, the largest image at top left has beaten me completely.

Are there any ideas out there?

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