Post office celebrates ‘bee-eaters’ with stamps

2017-05-24 06:02
Photo: suppliedBee-eaters stamps.

Photo: suppliedBee-eaters stamps.

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THE SA Post Office released a set of five stamps celebrating the bee-eaters, last week.
Bee-eaters are some of southern Africa’s most beautiful and interesting birds. This made them excellent subjects for stamps.

The photographs on the stamps were taken by Chris van Rooyen, and were designed by Philatelic Services. The stamps are expected to be snapped up by stamp collectors and bird lovers. 

Bee-eaters are remarkable birds. They catch insects in flight, dig tunnels in sandbanks in which they lay their eggs, and with most species the youngsters remain with their parents to bring up the next generation. Only after that do they start an independent life.

The stamps feature the little bee-eater, Southern carmine bee-eater, swallowtail bee-eater, the European bee-eater and white-fronted bee-eater.

The stamps are valid postage for A5-sized envelopes and a set of five will cost R47.75. (R9.55 each), available at all major post offices and can also be ordered from sa.stamps@postoffice. co.za - Supplied.

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