Norway Issued Stamps on Birds of Prey

norway birds stampsMerlin (Falco columbarius): There are between 2,000 and 6,000 pairs of merlin in Norway. They are spread across large parts of the country. The merlin keeps away from large-scale agricultural areas and dislikes thick coniferous forests where it cannot make use of its hunting technique. This is the smallest of all falcons in Europe,with a maximum length of just 30cm.Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo): The Eurasian Hobby is approx. 34 cm long. It is easily recognizable by its quick, swallow-like flight. The female birds are the largest and the hobby feeds on small birds and larger flying insects like dragonflies. With only up to 50 pairs, the Eurasian hobby is one of the rarest falcons in our country. Most are found in Hedmark, where the hobby is the county’s bird. They prefer areas with a mix of forest and marshland as well as open logging fields.

Issue Date: 02.01.2017 Designer: Enzo Finger Illustrator: Viggo Ree Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print Process: Offset Values: NOK 20.00 x 2

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