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24 March 2015
1/2015
Definitive Issue

Islands Visiting Birds

Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands comprise a group of 27 islands in two atolls.

North Keeling Island is a single-island atoll, 24 kilometres north of the main atoll. Declared the Pulu Keeling National Park in 1995, its remoteness makes it a safe environment for many resident-breeding, migratory and vagrant birds – infrequent, perhaps accidental, visitors. North Keeling is one of the few pristine islands in the vast Indian Ocean, and its wetland is an important habitat.

Of the approximately 60 bird species observed at Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 24 have been recorded on North Keeling over the last 30 years. This issue depicts two species of vagrant seabird, the Herald Petral and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, and two wader species, the Oriental Pratincole and Little Curlew.

This stamp issue is released as part of a worldwide collection of WWF stamp releases.

Herald Petrel (Pterodroma heraldica)  

Herald Petrel (Pterodroma heraldica)

Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)  

Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)

Little Curlew (Numenius minutus)  

Little Curlew (Numenius minutus)

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatros (Thalassarche carteri)  

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatros (Thalassarche carteri)

Technical Information

Issue date: 24 March 2015
Issue withdrawal date: 30 September 2015
FDI withdrawal date: 22 April 2015
Denominations: 4 x 70c
Stamp illustrations: Owen Bell
Product design: John White
Printer: RA Printing
Paper gummed: Tullis Russell
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 35mm x 35mm
Perforations: 14.28 x 14.28
Sheet layout: Module of 50 (2x25)
FDI postmark: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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