Sunday, 5 February 2017

Southern Sights

Lets head for the southern seas where it is believed Royal Penguins spend most of their time somewhere between Australia and Antarctica but here they have moved ashore. The photograph is by the ornithologist Gavin Johnstone (1941-1987) who wintered one year on Macquarie Island  to study Giant Petrels and this same island is also one of the main breeding sites for Royal Penguins.
2007: World Wildlife Fund: Royal Penguins
Royal Penguins get their name from the those cute, if slightly unruly, yellow plumes which meet on their forehead, it takes several years for them to fully develop.
1988: Australia New Zealand Bicentenary Joint Issue
When night falls perhaps it is time for a koala and a kiwi to sit around a campfire. Roland Harvey an illustrator of children's book is the artist and he says he has always loved the outdoors so I think he would enjoy taking a mug of tea with these two while the billy can bubbles away.
1988: Definitive Series 1 -  'Living Together'
Australia's bicentennial year also saw the issue of three series of definitive stamps with a variety of subjects about living in Australia and drawn by a variety of artists. Of course my favourite is the one showing the postal services. Even on a magic flying stamp the postie isn't safe from dogs!  The stamp illustrator is Peter Viska who started out as a cartoonist but then turned to children's books, his first  being the children's chants and rhymes ' Far Out, Brussel Sprout' and the very Australian 'All Right, Vegemite'.

Here are some other things you might see flying around in Australia
1979: Australian Birds
although this set issued from 1978/9 shows the birds each in their unique nests. The artist is one of Australia's foremost wildlife artists, Kay Breeden Williams (b1939) whose work can be seen in many wildlife guides.
1987: America's Cup
Time to set sail and as we are in the southern oceans we will be navigating by the southern cross, and be,
2004: Celebration: Southern Cross (Designer: Brian Sadgrove)
as the line in the Australian national anthem says, - "Beneath our radiant Southern Cross" .  The next stop is the Cook Islands, fifteen small islands over a area about the size of western europe in the South Pacific. 
where we might see a bird unique to the islands and critically endangered, a little flycatcher, the Rarotonga Monarch.  It is unusual in that it has sequential plumage which as it grows, changes from orange, to orange-grey and then pure grey when it is four years old.
1989: Endangered Birds (Designer: G. Drummond)
    An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - Southern Hemisphere- head south at See It On A Postcard

6 comments:

FinnBadger said...

So many wonderful stamps today. Love the penguins, and the southern cross stamp is beautiful.

viridian said...

I haven't seen these before, thanks for sharing. I like the flying stamp one!

VioletSky said...

I love all of these, though the kiwi/koala one made me laugh. as did the penguins with those crazy eyebrows.

Maria said...

Excellent tour to many places with these beautiful stamps. Love that one with the bird's eye view of the sailboat.

Bob Scotney said...

More great penguins but love the selection on birds.

John Edwards said...

The posties on the magic carpet with the dog on its own little carpet is just great!