13 October 2012

Collared Lory

Collared Lory (綠領吸蜜鸚鵡)
Fiji (2012)

11th July, 2012. Suva
20th July, 2012. Suva registration office

Actually I dislike nowadays WWF issues, as most of stamps set in high denomination. For example Liechtenstein on last year, whole set of the stamps are selling in 8 Swiss Franc, although they are beautiful and attractive. It seems discourage collector to buy more for their collection. In recent years, most of WWF stamps are sell in a sheetlet which contains 2 or 4 sets of stamps. That causes people will spend more in each issue and easily to be as fast as give up this hobby. This time, as well as last time, Fiji issued a attractive sheet includes 2 sets total value near 7 Euro. I still ordered a FDC and 2 sheets, the only reason is it related to parrot.

Collared Lory is an endemic species to Fiji, specially it can be found from forest to urban area, like Lau Island and Lakeba. The live of the parrot has been humanized to suitable urban situation, especially Suva, the capital of Fiji.

Collared Lory is not an endangered species, due to seem the organization agreed to approve more non-dangered species appear onthe stamps.

18 July 2012

Jackass Penguin

Jackass Penguin (非洲企鵝)
Namibia (1997)

18th April, 2012. Windhoek

Jackass Penguin is the only one penguin species to be found in Africa continent. Most of them inhabiting in Namibia and South Africa, one of attractive popular birdwatching place is Boulders Beach which is open to public.

The other name of the penguin called Black-footed Penguin, as their legs in black colour. They also have black strip and spots on the chest, the patten is unique to each penguin like fingerprints of human. In 1910, the penguin with 1,5million population while only leave 10% of them in recent years. The reasons are the eggs be stolen and the damage of inhabit places.

Now the penguin listed as Endangered class in IUCN list. This stamp set of Jackass Penguin is one of earliest issue of this species.

24 April 2012

Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird (紅嘴熱帶鳥)
Ascension Islands (2011)
31st August, 2011. George Town

After a year, most of stamps to celebrate 50th anniversary of WWF have been arrived, perhaps it is the last one, the red-billed topicbird of Ascension Islands. Many thanks of the post office, the cover was sent on the day of issue but oddly couldn't be find in post office system.

9 January 2012

Asiatic Lion

Asiatic Lion (亞洲獅)
India (1999)

20th June, 2011. Anna Road, Chennai

Asiatic Lion, as known as Indian Lion, is an endangered species of India which is sub-species of Lion family. Originally it was widely to be found from Mediterranean Sea to southern Asia, but as a lot of reason, now only has 250-300 lions living in Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat.

The cover also features Smooth Indian Otter (
印度水獺), however it is out of my collecting range.

Clockwise from top-left of block of 4 :
Rosy Starling (粉紅椋鳥) ; Garganey (白眉鴨)
Forest Wagtail (山鶺鴒) ; White Stork (白鸛)
India (2000)