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JonEboy wrote:nethryk, Gandon's Gabonaise stamps really are spectacular aren't they? Absolutely beautiful.

Meanwhile I spotted a couple of birds lurking in this stamp - hadn't noticed them before....

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Not quite sure what they are though if I were to hazard a guess I'd say Blue Wrens.

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JonEboy - I would readily agree with you that Pierre Gandon's work on these Gabon birds stamps is outstanding. Consider how well balanced the design elements are on each stamp, and how expertly they have been executed in terms of both line and color. Pure magic!

Here is an image of the remaining value from this airmail set, depicting a couple of blue-headed bee-eaters (Merops muelleri, aka Mellitophagus mülleri), designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon, and issued by Gabon on October 7, 1961, Scott No. C15.

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nethryk wrote:JonEboy - I would readily agree with you that Pierre Gandon's work on these Gabon birds stamps is outstanding. Consider how well balanced the design elements are on each stamp, and how expertly they have been executed in terms of both line and color. Pure magic!

Absolutely agree. I hadn't seen them before but they are now on my hit list!

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Monaco has joined with other SEPAC countries in issuing a wildlife postage stamp. It features a Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) and was issued on 5 June 2013 .

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Here is an image of a stamp depicting a pair of Great Tits (Parus major), designed by French artist Colette Thurillet, engraved by Claude Jumelet, and issued by Monaco on January 1, 2002, Scott No. 2228, plus a photo of a pair of these common passerine birds.

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Love the bird stamps. Yet another theme I will work on. Thanks for posting.
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The Saint Helena Plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae) is locally known as the Wirebird because of its thin legs. Here is an image of a stamp depicting a Wirebird, engraved and printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued for use in St. Helena on August 4, 1953, Scott No. 145, plus a photo of one of this wader species.

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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), designed by Swedish artist Staffan Ullström (1949- ), engraved by Lars Sjööblom, and issued by Sweden on March 29, 1988, Scott No. 1678, Facit No. 1496, plus a photograph of the head of a member of this bird of prey species.

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Common Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla, formerly known as Regulus ignicapillus), designed by Swiss painter and illustrator Anne Marie Trechslin (1927-2007), printed by photogravure (Courvoisier S.A.), and issued by San Marino on June 30, 1972 as one of a set of ten stamps depicting birds, Scott No. 778, plus a photo of a member of this small passerine species.

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Here's a little fellow that turned up the other day (and his companions in the set will follow shortly). From Cambodia 1964 SG164, what appears to be a Grey Heron.

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JonEboy - Nice Cambodia bird stamp. But please note that I posted images of all three stamps in that set in this thread a couple of years ago, on page 14.

Here is an image of a stamp depicting a Red Shining Parrot, aka Red-breasted Musk Parrot (Prosopeia tabuensis), engraved and printed by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued by Tonga in 1942, Scott No. 80, plus a photo of one of these colorful birds.

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nethryk wrote:JonEboy - Nice Cambodia bird stamp. But please note that I posted images of all three stamps in that set in this thread a couple of years ago, on page 14.
Aah, thanks nethryk. That was six months before I even joined the boards! I thought I hadn't seen them and that would be why...

I've just been putting together a series of frames for a local exhibition and it was 'Birds on Line Engraved stamps' so I've been scanning a lot. I'm therefore hoping that these haven't been seen before.

From Austria 1950 the famous Airs set here's the first value of 60 Groschen, "Rooks" designed by M. Strohofer and engraved by H.Woyty. SG 1215.

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(I'm hoping the rest of the set haven't had an airing as they are already scanned! OK, so I've found the Black headed gulls on p14 but the others seem notable by their absence)
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Belarus issued this postage stamp on 12 March 2013. It shows the Bird of the Year.

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KevinHedley wrote:Belarus issued this postage stamp on 12 March 2013. It shows the Bird of the Year.

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Fabulous bird Kevin and by chance I saw my first one this year. Walking through a forest in Southern Spain I came out into a clearing and one popped up right in front of me. They are even better in real life!

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Second value in the Austria 1950 Airs set here's the 1 Schilling '"Swallows" again designed by M. Strohofer and engraved by H.Woyty. SG 1216.
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Dubai Mi 327 to 334 (common pheasant, turtle dove, hoopoe, great egret, Western red-footed falcon, European bee-eater, little tern, lesser black-backed gull)
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If less common elsewhere, the falcon is a common theme in Middle East stamps, this example - the top value of a set of 8 of the same image - is a particularly good example (Kuwait Michel 292):
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Israel issued a set of three postage stamps on 2 April 2013 called Taking the Vultures under our Wing.

This first stamp features the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus)

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Third in the Austrian 1950 Airs, SG 1217, Black Headed Gulls.

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I know that nethry posted a copy of this a couple of pages back but I'm claiming this is different as his was used!

Once again our old friends M. Strohofer and H.Woyty are responsible for this beauty.

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Israel issued a set of three postage stamps on 2 April 2013 called Taking the Vultures under our Wing.

The second stamp features the Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus)

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Fourth in the Austrian 1950 Airs, SG 1218 are the 3 Schilling Cormorants in flight. These lovely birds regularly fly over my house and are a sight to behold.

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A change in the line up this time; still designed by H. Strohofer (apologies for earlier typo referring to him as M. Strohofer :oops: - Hans became Markus for a moment there!) but this time engraved by F.Teubel about whom I can find very little information. Anyone know anything about this person?

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I put F Teubel into a search engine and came up with Friedrich Teubel (1884-1965) Austria. No mention of stamp design, but engraving features in his output.
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JonEboy - Nice stamp! Friedrich Teubel (1884-1965) was an Austrian military officer who studied at the Academy of Graphic Art in Vienna under Professor Alfred Cossman. Teubel was also an architect, etcher and commercial designer. He engraved a number of stamps for Austria. I have posted images of several of them here at Stampboards, and elsewhere.

Here is an image of a stamp depicting the head of a Swedish Dwarf Chicken, designed after a photograph by C. Newton, engraved by Lars Sjööblom, and issued by Sweden on January 2, 1995, Scott No. 2054, Facit No. 1878.

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Israel issued a set of three postage stamps on 2 April 2013 called Taking the Vultures under our Wing.

The final stamp features the Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)
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Thanks for the info on Teubel nethryk, that's more than was available when I went looking!

Fifth in the Austrian 1950 Airs, SG 1219 the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), but translated into German as the 'Maus bussard', presumably due to their most common food source.
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This one is again attributed to H. Strohofer and H.Woyty. For some reason this is my least favourite stamp in the set, probably due to the angle of the right wing which seems improbable.

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Another beautiful study of a bird in flight, by a skilled artist. I think the shape of the right wing works if you note the bird's head turned to the right, with the body level....
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French Polynesia issued a postage stamp on 26 April 2013.

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JonEboy - You're welcome. And another nice stamp. In my opinion, Hubert Woyty-Wimmer (1901-1972) was also a fine Austrian engraver.

Short-tailed Albatross or Steller's Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus, aka Diomedea albatrus), combined engraved and photogravure, and issued by Japan on January 16, 1975, Scott No. 1199, plus a photo of one of these sea birds and its chicks. Note the precision with which the birds are rendered in this stamp's design, a characteristic of many of Japan's stamps depicting animals. More to follow...

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Nice Japanese stamp! Can't wait to see the rest....

Meanwhile coming towards the end of the set, here's the sixth in the Austrian 1950 Airs, SG 1220 the 10 Schilling Grey Heron - I love this one!

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Same design and engraving team and what a fabulous job they did...

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JonEboy - Thanks! Glad you like 'em too.

The Ryukyu Robin (Erithacus komadori) was first described scientifically by Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778-1858). Here is an image of a stamp depicting a Ryukyu Robin, combined engraved and photogravure, and issued by Japan on February 27, 1972, Scott No. 1202, plus a photo of one of these small birds.

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Keep 'em coming nethryk!

Last in the set and a cracker, SG 1221 the 20 Schilling and an astonishing portrait of the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

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For some reason they abandoned poor old Hubert Woyty-Wimmer for this last stamp and whilst keeping with H. Strohofer they opted for the talents of Herbert Toni Schimek to complete this last stamp.

Not a bad set :D

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Bonin Island Honeyeater (Apalopteron familiare hahasima), combined engraved and photogravure, and issued by Japan on August 8, 1975, Scott No. 1201, plus a photo.

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From Sweden here's a Swift designed by P.Pettersson and engraved by Lars Sjööblom. There's no clear identification of which swift it is but given the size and shape I'm inclined towards an Alpine Swift as the inspiration. I stand to be corrected however...

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EDIT: Just realised that nethryk already posted this back on page 18 of the thread and correctly nailed it as the Common Swift. Whoops :oops: :oops: My apologies.
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By way of redemption I offer this, which I can't find by searching the boards;

From Falkland Islands SG159 showing Turkey Vultures in flight.

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This is a Steller's Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) and it was included in a set of four postage stamps about zoos issued by Belarus on 9 July 2013.

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Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis), also called the Japanese Crane, combined engraved and photogravure, and issued by Japan on February 13, 1975, Scott No. 1200, plus a photo of one of these elegant wading birds.

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I can't find this on the thread anywhere so here's a Black Necked Swan from the Falkland Islands SG150

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Czech Republic issued a set of four postage stamps on 4 September 2013 about Nature Protection in the Karlstejn Region. This one shows the Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe).

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Here are images of the three airmail stamps in a set depicting indigenous African birds, designed after original artwork by G. Prestat, and issued by Central African Republic on September 3, 1960, Scott Nos. C1-C3.

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Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus), engraved by Charles Mazelin.
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Gold Coast Turaco (Turacus persea), engraved by Pierre Gandon.
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African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, aka Cuncuma vocifer clamans), engraved by René Cottet.
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A number of bird stamps flew my way via the Bexley Stamps Bush Fire Appeal.

Here is a minisheet issued by El Salvador in 2007 - SG MS2805
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Cyprus issued a set of six postage stamps in 1969 and here is the first of them.

European Roller (Coracias garrulous) SG 334
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Cyprus issued a set of six postage stamps in 1969 and here is the 15m item.

Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii) SG 335
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Cyprus issued a set of six postage stamps in 1969 including this 20m item.

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The fourth postage stamp in the set issued by Cyprus in 1969 included a 30m stamp.

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This 40m postage stamp is the fifth in the set issued by Cyprus in 1969.

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