Isle of Man Post Office showcases both popular and unusual species of birds selected from the world of cage and aviary as seen through the lens of photographer Luke Stephenson.
The birds selected are new to our stamp collection and include both common and exotic varieties with one, a redpoll crossed with a bullfinch, included to illustrate an important aspect of bird fancying, that of creating hybrid cross breeds, both for their appearance and song.
Isle of Man Post Office worked alongside Luke Stephenson, a well-established photographer who has dedicated years to picturing and studying these many and varied species around Britain to issue this six stamp collection. Luke has exhibited and published his photographs widely, most notably at The Photographer’s Gallery, London and has published a book, An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds, from which the stamp images have been informed.
The insightful issue text has been written by Luke Stephenson along with local expert Roy Howarth, who has provided background information about the selection of species for the stamps and discusses the history of bird keeping on our Island.
Featured on the stamps are The Fife Canary, the Gouldian Finch, the Budgerigar, the Redpoll Hybrid, the Paradise Tanager and the Diamond Sparrow.