Philippines: WWF Owls 2004

(Click on each stamp to see an enlargement)

Mindanao Eagle-Owl (Mimizuku gurneyi)
Mindanao Eagle-Owl
(Mimizuku gurneyi)
Philippine Eagle-Owl (Bubo philippensis)
Philippine Eagle-Owl
(Bubo philippensis)
Philippine Scops-Owl (Otus megalotis)
Philippine Scops-Owl
(Otus megalotis)
Philippine Hawk-Owl (Ninox philippensis)
Philippine Hawk-Owl
(Ninox philippensis)

WWF issues can sometimes be a disappointing addition for my collection as they often show just a single species. This one is an exception: four different endemic owls, all new species for my collection. During a 3-weeks bird-watching trip around the Philippines in 1996, I was fortunate to encounter all of these except for Bubo philippensis, though Mimizuku gurneyi was heard only.

A correspondent in the Philippines has told me there are plans to show more endemic species on stamps, so let's hope they will be of the same or better quality, and not too long in planning.

These stamps will be added to my main collection pages at the end of January.

Added 12 January 2005

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