Netherlands Antilles - Hong Kong 2001

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HK 2001

A friend in the Netherlands sent me a copy of this stamp preceded by an intriguing email telling me it featured a Barn Owl and two other birds.

Barn Owl detail
Barn Owl
(Tyto alba)
Quail detail
Northern Bobwhite
(Colinus virginianus)
Hummingbird detail
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
(Archilochus colubris)

I presume the Barn Owl is a native of the Antilles, but it has appeared previously on this country's stamps. The other two are non-native species.

The stamp was issued with the logo of the Hong Kong 2001 Stamp Exhibition, and was designed by John Baselmans who has produced several other bird stamps for the Netherlands Antilles. Some of these may be seen on his excellent web site.

Added 10 March 2001