Border birds

BIRDS IN THE BORDER
FLIGHT December 2012 – Volume 27 No. 2
Solomon Islands - 5.6.12 - Lighthouses
The sheet and miniature sheet of each of the sets in this issue are combined into a composite picture.
The bird in the top right border of the sheet is Sooty Tern, Onychopprion fuscatus.
In the upper surrounds of the MS is a Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia.
Solomon Islands - 5.6.12 - Birds of prey
The flying bird in the top border of the sheet is Brahminy Kite, Halastur indus, which also appears on the top right stamp. The large perched bird in the top surrounds of the MS is Gray Goshawk, Accipiter novaehollandiae.
Solomon Islands - 5.6.12 - Native birds
In the sheet, the bird in the top left surrounds is White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike, Coracina papuensis. In the surrounds of the MS, top left and top right are, respectively, another White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike and Long-tailed Myna, Mino kreffti. In the lower border, split between the two sheets, is Olive-backed Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis - which also appears as the bottom left stamp on the sheet.
Australian Antarctic - 4.9.12 - Centenary of Antarctic expedition
There are Adelie Penguins in the left-hand stamp but the bottom left surrounds show Emperor Penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri.
Sierra Leone - 21.10.11 - Binhai (China)
The flight of birds on the lower right-hand stamp have been identified as Orinoco Goose, Neochen jubata, although they are not in range for China (or West Africa). I cannot find a satisfactory identification for the gulls in the surrounds and suggest they are best left as “Species of Gull”.

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