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Bird Stamps of Belgium: TBC-Post Part 3

The Bird Stamps: Destinations in Belgium

(Written by a former member of the BSS)

The first BE-1 bird stamps issued by TBC-Post featured the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) which were issued under the title “Wild Geese” [Wilde Ganzen/Oies Sauvages].  In this issue, TBC-Post printed a single stamp design for each individual value (BE-1, BE-2 and BE-3).  This approach contrast with later issues that we have already seen, where the EU-1 values were based on 10 different photographs of the African Penguin; and the EU-3 stamps, where there were five birds (two stamps each).

TBC-Post issued these stamps in sheets of ten: BE-1 Wild Goose: 7 November 2012. TBC-Post issued the BE-1 stamp at a price of €0.65.  Today, the cost is €1.60.

BE-2 featured Wild Geese: 7 November 2011, and was priced at €1.30, i.e., twice the BE-1 value. Today, the BE-2 tariff is €3.20. Alongside the three separate sheets, TBC-Post also issued – for individual sale – a First Day Postcard which featured a larger photograph of each stamp design:

Bird Stamps of Belgium: TBC Post – Part 2

The TBC-Post Bird Stamps (continued)

Written by a former BSS member

The second set of stamps from TBC-Post is also based on birds from South Africa.   This time, there are five different birds featured on this EU-3 sheetlet that TBC-Post issued on 20 November 2014.   When issued, each stamp was sold at €3.21, so the sheetlet had a value of €32.10.

The five different birds shown on these stamps, all of which were apparently photographed in the National Parks of South Africa

New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Stamps 

This article looks at the Game Bird Habitat Stamps available from New Zealand, from 1994 through to the present day, as issued under the authority of the New Zealand Fish and Game Council.

The NZ Fish and Game Council first issued a Game Bird Habitat Stamp in 1994, under authority of the Game Bird Habitat Regulations 1993.  Those Regulations allowed the NZ Fish and Game Council to create the Game Bird Habitat Stamp Programme, with the aim of raising funds through the sale of the Game Bird Habitat stamp and related products to help protect and enhance game bird habitats. 

Costa Rica: Franking or Postage Labels


This article/Blog deals with postage labels issued by Correos Costa Rica.  The two franking labels that we focus on here illustrate two birds: the Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)  and the Coppery-headed Emerald (Microchera cupreiceps). 

These two labels come from a set of four, with the two other labels making up the set of wildlife endemic to Costa Rica.  For completeness, the other two labels illustrate:

  • The Black-speckled Palm Pit Viper (Bothriechis nigrovirdis); and
  • A Jumping Spider (Phiale Formosa) from the Salticidae family.

The Franking Labels

Issue Information: Some years ago, my sister once went on one of these adventurous rainforest holidays in Costa Rica. When she made the booking, I don’t think that she had fully appreciated that Costa Rica is home to over 100 species of snake, some 20 of which are venomous.  Equally, Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s most dangerous spiders.  Anyway, I am pleased to say that she returned safely home without having encountered either.  The Isle of Man is about as exotic as it gets for me (it’s snake free).  But back to the birds. 

Jamaica – The Doctor Bird (Trochilus polytmus)

Stamp Issued in 1956 (part of definitive series)

“(Author: Ian Fleming, For Your Eyes Only, Publisher 1960 Jonathan Cape Limited)

The most beautiful bird in Jamaica and some say the most beautiful in the world, is the streamer-tail or doctor humming-bird. The cock bird is about nine inches long, but seven inches of it are tail- two long black feathers that curve and cross each other and whose inner edges are in form of a scalloped design. The head and crest are black, the wings dark green, the long bill is scarlet and the eyes, bright and confiding, are black. The body is emerald green, so dazzling that when the sun is on the breast you see the brightest green thing in nature.  In Jamaica, birds that are loved are given nicknames.  Trochilus polytmus is called “doctor bird” because his two black streamers remind people of the black tail-coat of the old-time physician.”

This colourful opening to a book that sadly, I had never read until now, led me to research this particular bird.  According to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ,

not only is the Doctor Bird a national symbol of Jamaica, they also suggest that it is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of humming-bird.  The JIS also states:
“These birds’ beautiful feathers have no counterpart in the entire bird population and they produce iridescent colours characteristic only of that family. In addition to these beautiful feathers, the mature male has two long tails which stream behind him when he flies. For years the doctor bird has been immortalized in Jamaican folklore and song.”