Eighth Definitive: Birds


Eighth Definitive: Birds

            8 March 1995        5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 45c, 50c, 90c,             Mint and CTO        $15.15
                                          $1.00, $1.80, $2.00, $3.00, $5.00           FDC                       $16.65

Technical Details

        Release Date:                            8 March 1995
        Tablet Values:                           5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 45c, 50c, 90c,
                                                         $1.00, $1.80, $2.00, $3.00, $5.00
        Artist:                                        Derek Miller (adapted from colour slides provided by Dr. M. deL.
                                                         Brooke, Dept. of Zoology, University of Cambridge)
        Printer:                                      Joh. Enschede Security Printing
        Process:                                    Lithography
        Paper:                                       CA Watermark
        Stamp Size:                               28.00 x 42.44 mm
        Perforation Gauge:                    13.5 x 13.75 per 2 cm
        Pane Format                             50 (2 x 25)
        Mint and CTO:                         $15.15
        First Day Cover:                       $16.65 (on three covers)

Following the release of the Pitcairn Islands' first definitive stamps in 1940, further sets were released in 1957, 1964, 1969, 1977, 1984 and 1988.  The 1995 issue is the eighth definitive issue.

5c  Fairy Tern on Eggs: These dainty white birds are common throughout the Pitcairn Group, breeding on all four islands.  Their graceful antics in the leafy valleys of Pitcairn are a delight to watch, but most amazing is the way their eggs seem to balance precariously on the bare branches of accommodating trees.

10c  Red Tailed Tropic Chick: These spectacular birds are found nesting under bushes on Oeno Island, the adult birds easily recognisable by the two red elongated tail streamers, much prized as ornaments by the Polynesians.

15c  Pair of Henderson Rails with Chick:  Rails are perhaps the most widespread group of terrestrial birds, however, Nesophylax ater is indigenous to Henderson Island.  Rails are most remarkable for their success at colonising very remote oceanic islands.  Local name - Chicken Bird.

20c  Red-footed Booby:  Numerous in the Pacific Region, the red-footed booby nests in trees or bushes, in colonies of varying size, and is noted for its ability to catch flying fish on the wing.

45c  Blue Grey Noddy:  A member of the tern family - found on Ducie, Henderson and Pitcairn.

50c  Henderson Reed Warbler:  As depicted in our issue of December 5, 1990; this warbler, similar to that found on Pitcairn, is an identifiable sub-species, found only on Henderson Island.

90c  Common Noddy:  Nests on all four islands in the Pitcairn group.

$1.00  Masked Booby and Chick:  Breeding on Ducie, Henderson and Oeno, boobies are frequently subject to attack by frigate birds when returning to roost.

$1.80  Henderson Fruit Dove:  An attractive little pigeon, a sub-species peculiar to Henderson.  Local name - Wood Pigeon (featured in our issue of December 5, 1990).

$2.00  Murphy's Petrel:  Four gadfly petrels are known to breed in the group.  Ducie Island is probably the world's largest Murphy's Petrel colony with around 250,000 breeding pairs.  Unfortunately the rats cause high mortality rates amongst the petrel chicks on Henderson.

$3.00  Christmas Shearwater:  The shearwaters are a group of some fifteen species of fairly large seabirds.  They produce large amounts of oil and have been valued by man for centuries as a source of food.  The Christmas Shearwater breeds on Ducie and Oeno, - about 100 pairs on Oeno and 3000 to 5000 pairs on Ducie.

$5.00  Juvenile Red-Tailed Tropic:  Found on all four Pitcairn Islands.