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THAILAND – First Crypto Stamp in ASEAN – Pigeon


On 14 August 2022, Thailand Post issued its first ever Crypto Stamp, to celebrate the 14th Anniversary of Thailand Post.   The publicity for Thailand Post indicates that Thailand is the first of the 10 countries which make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to issue such a stamp.

The Crypto Stamp and what you can do with it. In theory, the first thing that you can do with this stamp, which bears an image of a pigeon, is to use it for normal postal purposes.  The stamp (on the left in the image) is self-adhesive.

International Falcons and Hunting Festival

Al Mazayen Championship 2020-21


In January 2022, Qatar Post issued a sheetlet of six stamps (all priced at 3.50 Rials) illustrating three images of a Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) and three pictures of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).  The stamps commemorate the International Falcons and Hunting Festival which I understand the Qatari Society of Al Gannas helps sponsor each year.   The Society itself has interests in falconry as well as scientific and veterinary research into falcons and hawks in Qatar, including their migrations

Mauritius – New National Bird

Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus)

Introduction This news item, about the new National Bird of Mauritius, is courtesy of the May 2022 edition of Stamp Magazine, supplemented by information from the Mauritius Government website.

On 12 March 2022, the Republic of Mauritius celebrated its 30th anniversary.  As part of these celebrations, Mauritius Post issued a single new stamp illustrating the Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus) as the new national bird, replacing the extinct Dodo. 

The Mauritius Government website says of the new national bird:

The Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus) is unique to Mauritius and is one of the nine endemic bird species still left on the island. The species was saved in-extremis with an increase from just four birds in 1974, including a single breeding female, to a peak of about 600 individuals. However, because of the degradation of the Mauritian native forests, the kestrels are now found only on the eastern and western part of the island – where they continue to face the effects of habitat degradation and predators. The actual population of the Mauritius Kestrel in the wild amounts to some 350 individuals

Hopefully, the nomination of the Mauritius Kestrel as the new national bird will give greater impetus to conservation efforts both by the public authorities and wildlife and bird protection charities.

Norfolk Island Morepork – Back from the Brink

On 21 June 2022, Australian Post issued a set of two stamps that celebrate the Norfolk Island Morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae undulata).  The Norfolk Island Morepork, a small, brown-mottled Owl, is an exclusive resident to the island; and is considered a distinctive sub species of the New Zealand Morepork (Ninox nouvaeseelandiae). It is one of the world’s rarest owls. Locally, the Norfolk Island Morepork owl was also known as the Boobook.

But first, before looking at the current status of the Morepork, we must begin with the stamps.

The Stamps

The stamp set consists of two individual stamps and a sheetlet, all of which are issued by Australia Post under the “Norfolk Island” country designation. 

“Birdpex 9” Philatelic Exhibition

Gmunden, Austria 26-28 August 2022


There is a philatelic exhibition taking place in Gmunden, Austria between 26-28 August 2022, which will be dedicated to bird stamps and association philatelic material (postal history, postcards etc).

Known as Birdpex, this bird-themed exhibition has historically taken place every four years, effective from 1990, when New Zealand hosted the first Birdpex. Thereafter the following countries have hosted the exhibition: Germany (1994), Great Britain (1998), the Netherlands (2002), Denmark (2006), Belgium (2010), France (2014) and Luxembourg (2018).  Gmunden, Austria will be the ninth manifestation of this event.