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11 September 2001
17/2001
Commemorative Issue

Birds of Pray

Australia
This commemorative stamp issue of four stamps (two x 49c, two x 98c) celebrates the centenary of Birds Australia (previously known as the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union or RAOU).

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)  

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

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The stamp features Australia

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)  

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

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This small falcon is widespread in open country throughout Australia. Although rare in Tasmania, it is one of the most common and visible birds of prey.

The Nankeen Kestrel is most often seen hovering up to 20 metres above a paddock scanning the ground for signs of prey; mostly grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, rodents, reptiles and occasionally small birds in flight. A hovering Nankeen Kestrel is shown against the intense blue of an Australian sky.

Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus)  

Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus)

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This stamp shows Australia

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)  

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

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This medium-large raptor inhabits the open plains and semi-deserts of mainland Australia. On the stamp the Spotted Harrier is shown against the mauve-grey of a storm front, suggesting the importance of rain in this inland bird

Technical Information

Issue date ..........................11 September 2001
Denominations....................Two x 49c, two x 98c
Illustrator ............................Peter Trusler, Melbourne
Printer ................................McPhersons
Paper ................................De La Rue
Stamp size..........................49c 37.5 x 26 mm
..........................................98c 26 x 37.5 mm
Printing process ..................Lithography
Perforations ........................49c 13.86 x 14.6
98c 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout ..........................Modules of 50, two panes of 25
National postmark ..............Eaglehawk VIC 3556
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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