This is a set of 10 x 1st class stamps, 5 showing the Barn Owl (Tyto alba) and 5 the Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) featuring 'sequence-photographs' by Stephen Dalton, the well-known wildlife photographer.
The Barn Owl is one of the more easily identified birds, often appearing as a hostly spectre at night, caught in the card headlights as it swoops across a country road. But barn owls are by no means nocturnal and are often seen at dawn or dusk, quartering a rough grazing meadow in search of small mammals, or perched on a post or even a hedge.
The Kestrel is the UK's most widespread bird of prey, and is easily recognisable as it hovers in open country or over one of the many 'natural' reserves alongside Britain's busy motorways. Although they often hover at some height from the ground they can also be seen perched on telegraph poles or even the tops of bushes no more than 3 metres from the ground, and it is not unknown for a kestrel to be 'flushed' from the ground by a passing pedestrian or cyclist.
The images are from Royal Mail's Stamp Preview, Postmark Bulletin, and Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2002/2003 by Royal Mail.
Technical details: The stamps are printed in se-tenant blocks of 10 in sheets of 60. They are printed in 4-colour gravure by Walsall Security Print, perf 14½. The publicity images have normal perforation, ie without eliptical security perforations, as with the Coastlines stamps last year, and some other stamps.
We are pleased to announce the start of a new series of FDCs exclusive to Norvic Philatelics, produced in a strictly limited edition.
Cover #1 shows, at right, a Barn Owl and, at left, a Kestrel. These covers have all 10 stamps and postmark W8288.
Cover #2 shows an alert female Kestrel. This has the strip of Kestrel stamps with kestrel postmark E8321.
Cover #3 has an excellent study of a Barn Owl against a dark sky. This has the strip of Barn Owl stamps with a Barn Owl postmark E 8322.
Special Postamrks available on the Day of Issue .
| Ref FD301
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI postmark
| Ref FD302
Official Hawkshead FDI postmark
| Ref M8274
Birds of Prey, Birmingham
| Ref M8275
The Barn Owl Centre, Brockworth, Gloucester
| Ref E8276
Eagle Heights, Eynesford, Dartford, Kent
| Ref E8277
Birds of Prey, *Sandy, Bedfordshire
| Ref L8280
Eagle Street, London WC1
| Ref E8285
Barn Owl, Owlswick, Princes Risborough
| Ref E8286
Kestrel, Wing, Leighton Buzzard
| Ref W8288
Barn Owl Close, Torquay
| Ref L8292
Bird in Bush Road, London SE15
| Ref L8295
Hawk & Owl Trust, London NW1
| Ref L8296
The Kestrel & Falcon, King's Cross, London Public House/Inn & mainline railway station
| Ref M8303
The Barn Owl, Northampton Public House/Inn
| Ref M8304
| Ref S8315
Bangor, County Down, N. Ireland
| Ref S8316
Carradale, Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland
| Ref S8317
| Ref M8305
Oakham, Leicestershire Oakham is in the County of Rutland which is separate from Leicestershire
| Ref M8302
Hoot Farm Animal Kingdom, Telford, Shropshire
| Ref E8320
Many Hoots Owl Centre, Studdal, Dover
| Ref E8321
| Ref E8322
| Ref E8323
| Ref E8324
Birds around the world, Papagallos Restaurant, Hampshire Close, London N18
Ravenglass, Cumbria #
This page updated 20 June 2003 [7.2.05]
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