Monday, June 9, 2014

Health Stamps 5.8.1964

New Zealand sea birds, tarapungas (red billed gulls) and korora (blue penguin), were selected as the subject for the designs of the 1964 Health stamp issue. The Red-billed Gull (Tarapunga or Akiaki) on the 2½d stamp. The 3d stamp features the Little Penguin (Korora).
The proceeds of the 'Health' value of health stamps were donated to the Children's Health Camps movement.
Tarapungas (red billed gulls) - 2 1/2d + 1d
A native of New Zealand, being found throughout the country and also on outlying islands including the Chatham Islands.
The Red-billed Gull (Larus novaehollandiae), is simply called seagull by most people. Primarily a bird of the coast, although it can be often found inland scavenging at tips.
Korora (blue penguin) - 3d +1d
The blue penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the smallest of all penguins.  They nest around all New Zealand coasts and especially on small off-shore islands. They are also found at the Chathams, Tasmania and the southern coast of Australia.
 The smallest species of penguin measuring around 43 cm tall. In New Zealand they are also known as Little Blue or just Blue Penguins due to their slate-blue plumage. The design was based on a painting by Chloe Talbot Kelly which depicted a korora with its chick on a rocky coast line.

Thank you Maria.

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