vendredi 9 septembre 2011

Birds of Britain, post and go stamps. Des volatiles britanniques.

 What a nice cover sent by Derek! Many thanks. Four adhesive stamps from a set of six  showing us birds from Great Britain appear on this awesome letter coming from London.

 The Great Crested Grebe (Grèbe huppé en français), Podiceps cristatus, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. It is an excellent swimmer and diver, and pursues its fish prey underwater.

 The Mallard, or wild duck (canard colvert en français), Anas platyrhynchos, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand and Australia.

 Kingfishers (martins-pêcheurs en français) are a group of small to medium sized brightly coloured birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution with most species being found in  Europa and Australia.

Moorhens (poule-d'eau en français), sometimes called marsh hens, are medium-sized water birds that are members of the family Rallidae. 

 To note the special cancellation depicting the statue of Nelson at the top of the well-known monument Nelson's Column in the middle of Trafalgar Square in London.

 Je ne sais si ces timbres sont vendus au guichet comme les autres timbres commémoratifs ou s'il s'agit de timbres de distributeur? Si quelqu'un pouvait me renseigner, ce serait avec grand plaisir.

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