WWF  – Antigua  & Barbuda –Caribbean Coot, Se-tenant

A set of 4 featuring the “Caribbean Coot” which is yet another bird on the endangered species list.

The  Caribbean Coot is a large waterbird of the family Rallidae, which is a resident breeder in the Caribbean and parts of Venezuela. The Caribbean Coot has sometimes been treated as a subspecies of the latter species.

The adult is 33–38 centimetres (13–15 in) long and has a short thick white bill with a reddish-brown spot near the tip and a white forehead shield. The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. The legs are yellow, with scalloped toes rather than webbed feet. It differs from the American Coot in that the latter species usually has red knobs at the top of its frontal shield.

The breeding habitat is freshwater lakes and marshes. They build a nest in shallow water or floating, and lay 4-8 speckled whitish or pale brown eggs. They are frequently seen swimming in open water.

Caribbean Coots can dive for food but can also forage on land. They are omnivores, eating plant material, insects, fish, and other aquatic animals.

Their call is a high-pitched squeaking honk somewhat like a goose, similar to American Coot.

Date Of Issue:-03.12.2009.

World Wide Fund For Nature

Official First Day Covers –  Lammergeier – Groth in Switserland

A set of 4 First Day Covers – Lammergeier – Groth in Switserland – Lammergeiers are long-winged vultures known for their unusual habit of dropping bones on to rocks to smash them open and get at the marrow. They have a widespread distribution in the mountains of Europe, Asia and Africa, and are common in the mountainous highlands of Ethiopia. With wing that span 2m, the lammergeiers soar across the skies over the mountains. Picking out the bones from a carcass, they smash them against rocks to expose the nutritious bone marrow. Young birds need plenty of practice, it can take a full seven years to get bone breaking mastered.

The adult has a buff-yellow body and head, the latter with the black moustaches which give this species its alternative name. It may rub mud over its chin, breast and leg feathers, giving these areas a rust-coloured appearance. The tail feathers and wings are grey. The juvenile bird is dark all over, and takes five years to reach full maturity. The Lammergeier is silent, apart from shrill whistles at the breeding crags, and can live up to 40 years in captivity.

Date Of issue:-20.01.1986.

World Wide Fund For Nature

Official Maximum Card – African Elephants – Uganda, Kampala.

A set of 4 Maximum Cards – African Elephants – Uganda, Kampala. – For several centuries, African elephants have been hunted for their ivory. Its numbers are in decline and locally it may be almost extinct. There are two sub-species of the African elephant: the forest elephant and the 4 metre high savanna elephant. The African elephant is the world’s heaviest land animal.

Date Of Issue:-22.08.1983.

World Wide Fund For Nature

Official First Day Covers –  Monarch Butterfly – Mexico, D.F.

A set of 4 FDC’s – Monarch Butterfly – Mexico, D.F. – Every year in autumn, thousands and thousands of Monarch Butterflies migrate from northern North America southwards to California and Mexico for overwintering. In the U.S.A. the Monarch is a common and much-loved butterfly. Food plants of the Monarch’s larvae are predominantly milkweeds. Within two weeks, the caterpillars moult their skin five times and then transform into jade-green pupae. Males and females are very similar in appearance.

Date Of issue:-30.09.1985.

Cost 300/-for Set of 4. Contact us at 08860120900.

Special Cover – Induction of 101st New EMU Rake – By India Post

The new energy efficient EMU rakes bring new life to the 82 years old Mumbai Suburban Rail Network with better riding comfort, forced air ventilation, improved lighting and reduced noise level.

Date Of Issue:- 06.10.2010.

Special Cover – Save The Tiger – Rajpex 2010 – By India Post

Cover depicts painting on the cover by Ms Neha Bhargava, aged 15 years of class XI, Regional Sr. Secondary School, Sawai Madhopur, was selected as the best painting in all Rajasthan Painting Contest for school children organised on the Philately day on 13th Oct 2010 National Postal Week.

Date Of Issue:- 05.12.2010.

Stamps India – Sri Sri Borda – By India Post

Sri Sri Borda was a philosopher and founder of “Satsang”, – the community of the lovers of existance. There is only one God and that every single being is the child of God. Sri Sri Borda Amarendranath Chakravarty Popularly known as Sri Sri Borda was born on 21st November 1911 at Himayetpur, in Pabna District of Bengal Province, now in Bangladesh. He guided the movement of Satsang in such a way that the void caused by the physical absence of Sri Sri thakur was filled up.

Date Of Issue:-06.12.2010.

Special Cover on Pope John Paul II visit to India


Religion Day, Cancellation Of Cochin. Cover depicts Church, Mosque, Temple, etc.

Date Of Issue:-02.02.1986.

Special Cover Pope John Paul II


Pope Day, Pope John Paul II visit to India, Scan from front & back.

Date Of Issue:-01.02.1986.

Rath Yatra – 7 Varieties ? 9 Varieties ?  or 13 Varieties ? or more

We have been receiving many queries whether their are 7 varieties or 9 varieties of Rath Yatra Miniature sheet . According to our research wing there  are  7 Genuine varieties only .

The reason and logic is simple – In a sheet the Control marks are put so that accurate cutting is done. If philatelists start taking control mark as variety then it can be assumed  that – not 7 or 9 varieties but 13 varieties exist, we give below example to prove our statement. You will find these varieties are marked with arrows in scans .
We would  therefore suggest  to all  collectors  not to get  carried away by wrong notions. And would request you not to get trapped and pay unnecessarily heavy price for ordinary items. It is confirmed  that only seven Genuine varieties exist.

Special Cover –WATER MANAGEMENT – Rajpex 2010 – By India Post

Date Of Issue:-04.12.2010.

First Day Of Issue – Goddess Vijaya Sree (Palanchowk) – By Nepal G.P.O.

Goddess Vijaya Sree (Palanchowk)- A magnificient ancient sculpture.

It has already been proved that the evolution of Mother Worship in India begins from the age of the Indus Valley Civilization of Mohenjo -daro and Harappa and has continued to present. The two opposite forces of nature- the male and female are depicted by the Linga (the male symbol) and Yoni (the female symbol). This depictation of Shiva Shakti by the Linga- Yoni is a popular religious practice in Hindu socio religious culture.

Goddess Vijayashree, popularly known as Palanchowk Bhagavati, was consecreated as the Goddess of Victory by Vijayaswamini, the royal consort of Lichhavi King Mana Dev, in 503 A.D.

Date Of issue:- 17.10.1969.

First Day Cover – T.N.Rajarathinam Pillai, Thanjavur Balasaraswathi, Veenai Dhanammal – By India Post

T.N.Rajaratnam Pillai, the Nagaswara  Chakravarti (emperor) hailed from Tiruvadudurai in Tanjavur District. His gurus in Nagaswaram were his uncle Tirumarugal Natesa Pillai and later, Tiruvadudurai Markandam Pillai. Endowed with a very fine voice, he also learnt vocal music from Tirukkodikaval Krishna Iyer. His playing was marked with brilliance, be it racy renditions or slow explorations. His exquisite and soulful playing covered the entire gamut, displaying the different shades and subtleties of the raga, thus revealing the total panorama. He was so popular that a large number of Nagaswaram youngsters were named Rajaratnam.

Thanjavur Balasaraswathi was a celebrated Indian dancer, and her rendering of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style, made this style of dancing of South India well known in different parts of India, as also many parts of the world.

Veenai Dhanammal was a highly accomplished Carnatic musician, and the torchbearer of the school of Carnatic music that goes by her name. She was both a vocalist and a performer on the veena. The prefix “Veenai” in her name is an indicator of her exceptional mastery of that instrument.

Date Of Issue:- 03.12.2010.

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