Monday, April 28, 2008

Czechoslovakia FDC

Czechoslovakia FDC
Special Postmarke; 25.09.1959 Praha
Registered Post ; Brastislava 12

25.09.1950 10th Anniv. of Tatra Park
Red Deer - Cervus Elaphus
Face Value ;
Michel Catalog Number ; 1157

The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The Red Deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor and parts of western and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Algeria and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is widely used as a food source.Red Deer are ruminants, characterized by an even number of toes, and a four-chambered stomach. Recent DNA evidence indicates that the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and the East Asian and North American Elk (Wapiti) (Cervus canadensis) represent two distinct species. They give also hint for an additional primordial subgroup of Central Asian Red Deer.The ancestor of all Red Deer probably originated in Central Asia and probably resembled Sika Deer.Although at one time Red Deer were rare in some areas, they were never close to extinction. Reintroduction and conservation efforts, especially in the United Kingdom, have resulted in an increase of Red Deer populations, while other areas, such as North Africa, have continued to show a population decline.

25.09.1950 10th Anniv. of Tatra Park
European Bison - Bison Bonassus
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Michel Catalog Number ;

The wisent or European bison (Bison bonasus), is a bison species and the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe. A typical wisent is about 2.9 m (9.5 ft) long and 1.8–2.2 m (5.9–7.4 ft) tall, and weighs 300–920 kg (660–2000 lb). It is typically smaller than the related American bison (Bison bison), and has shorter hair on the neck, head, and forequarters, but longer tail and horns. Wisent are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans) with only scattered reports from the 1800s of wolf and bear predation. Wisent were first scientifically described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. Some later descriptions treat the wisent as conspecific with the American bison. It is not to be confused with the aurochs, the extinct ancestor of domestic cattle.Wisent is now a critically endangered species. In the past it was commonly killed to produce hides and drinking horns, especially during the Middle Ages.

Tatra National Park (Polish: Tatrzański Park Narodowy; abbr. TPN) is located in the southern part of Poland, by the borders with Slovakia. It was created in 1954 on the area of 215.56 km², but the current area is smaller - 211.64 km². 151.91 km² are forests and 56.60 km² are mainly meadows. Strictly protected are 115.14 km², of which 61.49 km² are forest ecosystems.First calls for protection of the Tatras appeared at the end of the 19th century. In 1925 first efforts to create a national park, in cooperation with Slovakia, took place. Formally the park was created in 1937, on the area that belonged to the state forests authority. After WW2, in 1947, a separate administrative unit, Tatra Park, was created. And in 1954, with the decision of Polish Government, Tatra National Park was created. In 1993 TPN and its Slovak equivalent with the same name –Tatra National Park (Slovak: Tatranský Národný Park)– became UNESCO’s biosphere preserve of worldwide importance.

Russia Cover

Russia Cover
Post Marke ; 30.03.2008 St.Petersburg

24.03.2003 The 100th Birth Anniv. of
Aram Khachaturyan

Catalog Number ; 845
Face Value ; 2,50
Size ; 42 x 30
Quantity ; 700.00

Aram I. Khachaturyan (1903-1978) was a composer, whose creative work is remarkable for impassioned spirits, a striking polyphonic skill and masterly orchestra technique. His pathos works are marked with contrasts between tense dramatic episodes and eloquent lyrics, with colourful harmony and orchestration. The stamp features a scene from the ballet "Spartacus". Aram I. Khachaturyan composed music for this ballet that has revealed a dramatic mastery of the composer in full measure.

Thank you Alexander Karmanovsky

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Switzerland Cover

Switzerland Cover
Post Marke ; 09.04.2008 Geuensee
Kapelle St. Wendelin Krumbach

Thank you Vural OGUZ

Philippines Cover

Philippines Cover
Post Marke ; 18.03.2008 - YES FOR PEACE

Thank you Myron Dela PAZ

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Isl. FDC

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Isl. FDC
Special Postmarke ; 28.11.1989 King Edward Point
Combined Services Expedition 1964-1965

Monday, April 14, 2008

Malaysia Cover

Malaysia Cover
Special Postmarke ; 13.03.2008 Biro Filateli - Kajang
Post Marke ; 13.03.2008 B.B.Bangi

13.03.2008 Nocturnal Stamps
Cat (Catopuma temminckii)
Face Value ; 50 sen

The Asian Golden Cat (Pardofelis temminckii, previously been placed in genera Catopuma, Profelis and Felis), also called the Asiatic Golden Cat and Temminck's Golden Cat, is a medium-sized wild cat (length 90 centimetres/36 in, plus 50 centimetre/20 in tail) weighing from 12 to 16 kilograms (26 to 35 lbs). In captivity this species can live up to 20 years, but its average lifespan in the wild is likely far shorter. While the fur is mostly foxy red or golden brown, black or grey colour variants may also be found. Normally, the coat is plain, save for some spots on the underside, and sometimes very faint spotting on the rest of the coat. However, in China there is a colour variant with leopard-like spots, which resembles a Leopard Cat. This spotted fur is a recessive characteristic, i.e. when a spotted and a plain cat interbreed, the young get plain fur.

13.03.2008 Nocturnal Stamps
Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)
Face Value ; 1RM

Bats of the genus Pteropus, belonging to the Megachiroptera sub-order, are the largest bats in the world. They are commonly known as the Fruit Bats or Flying Foxes among other numerous colloquial names. They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia (including the Indian subcontinent), Australia, Oceania, islands off East Africa (but not the mainland Africa), and a number of remote oceanic islands in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.The oldest ancestors of the genus Pteropus to be unearthed appear in the fossil record almost exactly as they are today, the only notable differences being early flight adaptations such as a tail for stabilizing. The oldest megachiropteran is dated at around 35 million years ago, but the preceding gap in the fossil record makes their true lineage unknown.Characteristically, all species of flying foxes only feed on nectar, blossom, pollen, and fruit, which explains their limited tropical distribution. They do not possess echolocation, a feature which helps the other sub-order of bats, the Microbats, locate and catch prey such as insects in mid-air. Instead, smell and eyesight are very well-developed in flying foxes. Feeding ranges can reach up to 40 miles. When it locates food, the flying fox "crashes" into foliage and grabs for it. It may also attempt to catch hold of a branch with its hind feet, then swing upside down — once attached and hanging, the fox draws food to its mouth with one of its hind feet or with the clawed thumbs at the top of its wings.

Thank You Choo Chee Yen

France Cover

France Cover
Special Post Marke ; 01.03.2008 Saint Etienne

01.03.2008 Fete du Timbre Droppy
Face Value ; 0,55€ x 3

Droopy is an animated cartoon character, an anthropomorphic dog (a basset hound), created by Tex Avery for theatrical cartoon shorts produced by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio in 1943. Essentially the polar opposite of Avery's other famous MGM character, the loud and wacky Screwy Squirrel, Droopy moved slowly and lethargically, spoke in a jowly monotone, and, though he didn't look like much, was shrewd e nough to outwit his enemies.The character first appeared, nameless, in Avery's 1943 cartoon Dumb-houn ded. Though he would not be called "Droopy" onscreen until his fifth cartoon, Señor Droopy (1949), the character was officially first labeled Happy Hound, a name used in the character's appearances in Our Gang Comics. After the demise of the Droopy series in 1958, the character has been revived several times for new productions, often television shows also featuring MGM's other famous cartoon stars, Tom and Jerry.

Thank You Eric CONTESSE

Thailand Cover

Thailand Cover
Post Marke ; ?

Thank You Thussanee MUNGMOON

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Swaziland Postcard - South Africa Post

Swaziland Postcard " it's AFRICA "

South Africa Post
Post Marke ; 03.08.2008 Durmail

2001 Definitive Stamps - Birds
Lilac-breasted Roller - Coracias
Face Value ; R2

The Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudata, is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, frogs, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries. The sexes are alike in colouration.