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