Sunday, 16 December 2012

Island In The Sun

I only have three Christmas Island stamps and happily they fit this week's Sunday Stamps perfectly. The first features a Robber Crab doing what its name suggests and going for that Christmas parcel. Are those its gleeful offspring?  Robber Crabs are the largest species of land crab in the world, so no arguing over that present.
Next, my favourite, a Frigatebird puffing up its pouch and its friend the starfish, although in real life I suspect the latter may be a tasty snack.  There are five types of Frigatebird and the Christmas Island species is the rarest. Some of its breeding colonies were polluted some decades ago by phosphate mining but today it faces a smaller but deadlier threat. The accidental introduction of the yellow crazy ant which is killing the island's native red crab, a major food source for the bird.
 Lastly the Golden Bosunbird, unique to Christmas Island,  sits on a flowery parcel.  Christmas Island is home to a large number of seabirds and despite being the peak of an underwater mountain it is large enough to have developed its own ecosystem.

All the stamps were designed by Rob Kiely.  This year the post have gone with a different designer and a Father Christmas theme, although our friend the Frigatebird still puts in an appearance see here.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of Christmas or Holiday Stamps


Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

It would be lovely to receive a Christmas card from Christmas Island, complete with the stamps. I wonder if that's possible? It seems like a good business opportunity.

viridian said...

What fun stamp. They made me smile. Thanks for joining us today.

VioletSky said...

how neat - you showed the other Christmas Island stamps from Marcie! those littler crabs do look gleeful, don't they?!

Postcardy said...

A fun combination of nature and Christmas.

Bob Scotney said...

Great stamps from a very appropriate place.

♥♥ Willa @ Postage Journal ♥♥ said...

what a fun looking stamps. Enough to give more holiday cheer.
My Sunday Stamp#44:Christmas