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Colour in Nature stamps from Falkland Islands

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The theme Colour in Nature looks at the wide range of colours found in nature and more specifically, the colours found in plants, birds and invertebrates that are found in the Falklands environment. In this issue of four designs two species of bird and two plants have been selected to show a small sample of the range and intensity of colour found in the natural world of the Falkland Islands.

30p. Immature Night Heron Nycticorax n. cyanocephalus: widely distributed on most coasts where the birds are able to feed in tidal reaches on small fish and marine life. The design shows a first year immature with the typical "tear" drop feather markings but was chosen for the eye colouring and the green facial skin at the base of the bill.

30p. Diddle-dee or Red Crowberry Empetrum rubrum: very common ground hugging species which dominates much of the Islands coastal heaths. In the late summer and autumn the berries of this shrub produce a vivid splash of colour to the landscape.

75p. Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus sanfordi: intricately and beautifully marked with dark brown to buff feathers, it is the intense yellow eyes with the jet black pupil set against the mask-like facial feathers that is perhaps the most striking colour feature of this bird.

75p. Scurvy Grass or Vinaigrette Oxalis enneaphylla: a widespread species found growing in coastal heath-land often appearing through the cover of more robust species such as Diddle-dee berry. The flowers display a range of delicate whites, pinks, mauve to quite deep violet, making it one the Islands' most showy species.

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