I almost forgot to post my entry this week again because I was fiddling with a friend’s new gadget kobo ereader
. It’s cool to have one. Several of my friends use this now but I’m quite old-fashioned and still prefer to read a book with my hand and feel its pages…
Anyways, my entry this week came all the way from Skopje, Macedonia. Big thanks to Ana for sending me the Rafael Nadal postcard using the stamp below:
The Macedonia Post issued a stamp series called Pets depicting Parrots in 2010. The issued stamps consist of 2 stamps with nominal value of 20denars, and 40denars (shown above).
Parrots are the arguably the most popular of all pet birds in the world. They are sociable, intelligent, attractive and their ability to imitate human voices make them endearing to humans. However, I think they are too noisy at times and could be destructive, too. I’m scared of parrots (because of their sharp beaks), to be honest, and I always maintain a safe distance from them.
From Asia, we go to the beautiful South American continent… to the exotic country of Brazil.
| A pair of colourful macaws, from Brazil’s Amazon forest. (Postcard ID: BR-162091)
Undeniably, Brazil has one of the most breath-taking biodiversity. I have to admit, I’m afraid of birds. I’m particularly terrified of their talons and humonguos, sharp beaks. Nevertheless, I admire their beauty, like these macaws on the postcard – the blue-and-yellow macaw (foreground), and the scarlet macaw (background). Macaws are large, colourful birds. They live in the thick, undisturbed rainforest of Brazil and feed on fruits, nuts, flowers, and nectars.
These days, macaws are threatened because of massive deforestation. They are also being taken from their natural habitat to be sold illegally as pets. I believe these beautiful creatures should be left in the wild and not be taken as pets.
This is another postcard from Botswana from the same sender mentioned in my previous posts. Okay, ladies and gents, just pretend we are on a safari… So take out your bushnell binoculars and ready your cameras because here is an amazing wildlife postcard…
From left to right: Chacma babboon; Puku; White-fronted Bee-eater; Kudu; Hippo with calf; Lion; buffalo herd; Elephant herd.
The Chobe National Park is one of Botswana’s finest wildlife areas boasting large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as numerous other animal species in a wild, unspoilt habitat.
Long before my sister was assigned for a volunteer-position in Kenya, it was I who was nurturing an ambition to be the first in my family to ever set foot in the African continent. As a development worker, it was one of my dreams to be working in any African countries. But as luck would have it, my sister beat me to it. Although a volunteer’s life is not comfortable all the time, it has given her the opportunity to see with her own two eyes the many wonderful places, ethnic tribes, and wildlife animals in Kenya.
Again, the stamps are the same as the previous Botswana postcards that I posted the past few days – the white-rumped Shama.
This male zebra here must have undergone some good ab workouts and thus showing off his stripey abs to his rival! *lol* Okay, here’s what I’m talking about – another wildlife postcard from Botswana featuring one of my favourite wildlife animals:
The information at the back of the postcard reveals one interesting fact about the zebras. During the mating season, male zebras fight over females. These sometimes fierce battles include rearing up on hind legs while trying to bite or kick their opponent. Now, you see the connection with the title, eh?
The zebras in the postcard are called the Burchell’s Zebra or the plains zebra, (Equus, Burchellii), or simply zebra to us laypeople. They are the most common type of zebra found in rich grasslands of Eastern and Southern Africa. Wildlife experts describe them as being related to the horse because of their stocky build. They usually have white or cream coat with black stripes that continue down to the belly. Unlike the other zebra species, the Grévy and the rare Mountain zebras, the underside of the Burchell’s zebra’s belly is completely or mainly white. The mane is upright and striped to match its neck while the tail is also striped with a black tassle.
This postcard was sent from the Kuala Lumpur Airport with Malaysian stamps, of course:
Thank you, Fe, for the lovely postcards and stamp sheets you sent me.