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Friday, October 14, 2016

Australia 2016 - Norfolk Island Seabirds




COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA
ISSUE DATE: 20 September 2016
STAMP SIZE:37.5 x 26 mm
STAMP DESIGN: John White




Norfolk Island, an external Australian territory located in the Pacific Ocean around 1,400 kilometres east of the Australian mainland, has a rich cultural and natural history. These stamps feature two of the more than 20 species of seabirds that can be observed from coastal areas of the island.


The spectacular Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda roseotincta) has two bright scarlet tail quills and performs acrobatic aerial courtship displays. The sub-species found on Norfolk Island has plumage suffused with pink.



The Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra fullagari) is named for the small black mask around its large yellow or yellowish-green beak. The smaller islands of Nepean and Phillip and the smaller islets off the Norfolk coastline are important breeding habitats for most of Norfolk Island’s seabirds.












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Stamp images and description thanks to Australia Post

Australia Post