Monday, October 19, 2009

A new cover from Indonesia birds on a souvenir sheet

From the 11th of May 2009 to the 15th of May was held the World Ocean Conference (WOC) and the Coral Triangle Summit (CTS) in Manodo, Indonesia. The purpose of this conference is, as you could guess, to discuss about preservation of the oceans. At this occasion, the Indonesian postal administration has issued four stamps picturing marine animals and the emblems of the conference. I recently got a cover from Jakarta, franked with these stamps in a se-tenant block of four. Here is the cover.

The stamps do not give the name of the animals they picture, I think this is a pitty. Anyway I found out for you. Clockwise you can see:
- a bluering angelfish (Pomacanthus annularis)
- a shrimp in front of a sea anemone
- a fish nammes Anthias
- a green marine turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Inside the cover I found a souvenir sheet issued also this year (I did not find the exact date of issue) and picturing endangered birds from Indonesia.

The souvenir sheet pictures six different species of birds: wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus), Red naped trogon (Harpactus kasumba), Rufus-collored kingfisher (Actenoides concretus), white winged wood duck (Carina scutulata), great argus (Argusianus argus) and storm's stork (Ciconia stormi). This time each stamp clearly indicates the scientific name of the bird that is pictured.
The sheet (and each stamp) pictures the logo of Birdlife, an international organisation whose purpose is to protect endangered birds, and the logo of Burung, a similar Indonesian association.

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