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Newly Immigrated Species on Definitive Stamps

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The greater cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis) was first noticed in Aland approximately eight years ago. The increasing number of fish in Aland waters is the main reason why the cormorants now breed in Aland. The bird's plumage is not water-repellent and it can often be seen with its wings held out to air-dry.

The whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) is approximately the same size as the more commonly found mute swan. It is easiest recognised by its yellow-black bill as opposed to the orange-black bill of the mute swan, which also has a knob on the bill. Twenty years ago, no whooper swans bred in Aland. However, over the last 15 years, more and more whooper swans have found their way to Aland, and people now see large flocks of them, even on the fields along the roads.

The grey heron (Ardea cinerea) can often be seen standing motionless for hours on end among the reeds, waiting for a fish to come within reach. Most grey herons nest in colonies high up among the treetops. Herons have lived in Aland for more than ten years.

Date of issue: 14 January 2005
Design: Dag Peterson
Issue: 400,000; 500,000; 300,000
Denominations: ˆ 0.15; ˆ 0.65; ˆ 4.00
Price FDC (not signed): ˆ5.25
Price collector's sheet: ˆ9.40
Printing house: BDT

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