In 2009, Australia Post released the very popular stamp issue 'Australian Songbirds', illustrated by wildlife artist Christopher Pope. Such was its reception that Christopher has again turned his hand to the bird thematic, with a new issue, 'Australian Kingfishers'.
Kingfishers comprise a distinctive and spectacular group. There are 95 species worldwide, 10 occurring in Australia. Two species are endemic - the Red-backed Kingfisher and the Laughing Kookaburra - and eight are shared with other countries.
This new stamp issue comprises four denominations, featuring the following Kingfisher species:
60c Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)
$1.20 Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
$1.80 Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)
$3.00 Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro)