Australia: Kingfishers 2010

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Red-backed Kingfisher (Todirhamphus pyrrhopygius)
Red-backed Kingfisher
(Todirhamphus pyrrhopygius)
Sacred Kingfisher (Todirhamphus sanctus)
Sacred Kingfisher
(Todirhamphus sanctus)
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
(Dacelo leachii)
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro)
Yellow-billed Kingfisher
(Syma torotoro)

This splendid set of four follows last year's fine songbirds issue. With 10 species of Kingfisher to choose from, and 6 already having appeared on earlier Australian stamps, it's a shame that Sacred Kingfisher was included rather than Collared Kingfisher (Todirhamphus chloris), which would have completed the set. It is commendable that such superb original artwork has been used when so many new issues are based on photographic images which are too often carelessly misidentified.

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Added 23rd November, 2010