The naturalist Charles Darwin wrote of the lack of colour in the
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
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
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. In their third or fourth year the plumage changes to a striking blue/grey presenting a very different looking bird.
30p. Diddle-dee or Red Crowberry Empetrum rubrum.
Very common ground hugging species which dominates much of the
The berries form a very important feed to Upland Geese and some passerines. Locally the berries are collected for making a sweet preserve.
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.
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
The stalks and leaves have antiscorbutic properties and were used by early mariners to help prevent scurvy hence its common name.
Text by Ian Strange.
Designers Ian J. Strange &
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Perforation 13 per 2cms
Stamp size 52 x 30.78mm
Sheet Layout 10 (5 staggered se-tenant pairs)
Release date 14 December, 2012
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd
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