Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Hanbury Botanic Gardens in Italia


Italia Post issued the single stamp features the Hanbury Botanic Gardens on May 29, 2010.The gardens were established by Sir Thomas Hanbury on a small, steep peninsula jutting southwards from an altitude of 103 meters down into the Mediterranean Sea.

The Hanbury Botanic Gardens in Ventimiglia  has depicted on stamp with  the background image of  Villa Hanbury, looking onto the Ligurian Sea and nestling amid the characteristic Mediterranean maquis vegetation and rare exotic plants.The markings on stamp shown the words “GIARDINI BOTANICI HANBURY” (Hanbury botanical gardens), “ITALIA”, and the denomination “€ 0,60” complete the stamp .

Monday, 23 January 2012

Owls of Luxembourg

Luxembourg Post issued the fauna stamp series feature owls species on March 8, 1999. The issue stamps composed of three postage stamps depicts Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Eagle Owl with different nominal face value.

The Tawny Owl (strix aluco)
The Tawny Owl is certainly the most frequent owl in  regions of Luxembourg.The tawny owl is nocturnal so it is often heard calling at night, but much less often seen. In the daytime, you may see one only if you disturb it inadvertently from its roost site in woodland up against a tree trunk or among ivy. It breeds in mixed woodlands as well as in urban parks.
The Tawny Owl is an owl the size of a pigeon. The distinctive of this bird are  a rounded body and head, with a ring of dark feathers around its face surrounding the dark eyes. It is mainly reddish brown above and paler underneath. 

The Tawny Owl feeds Small mammals and rodents, small birds, frogs, fish, insects and worms . Its voice is a classic melodious hoot, often heard in horror films at the nearby cemetery. To hear the male and female calling during springtime in a shallow night is an outstanding experience for everybody.
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