Kyrgyzstan: WWF 2009
Preliminary design
Preliminary design
Kyrgyzstan WWF 2009
Kyrgyzstan WWF 2009
Source image
Source image
Saker with 4 Chicks
Saker with 4 Chicks

Captive Saker in flight
Captive Saker in flight

With so many photographs of birds available on the Internet, it's not surprising that some stamp designers use them as a basis for their work. I had already noted from the preliminary designs that appeared on the WWF Stamp site that the two birds in the background of the 15.00 stamp were derived from one of a series of images taken in Finland of a Mew Gull (Larus canus) mobbing a Saker in Finland in 2007. The same image appears on the 25 stamp.

The issued set shows a few interesting changes from the preliminary design. Obviously, the common and scientific names have been switched on all stamps. The flying bird on the 25.00 stamp has been tidied up to remove all trace of the jesses. The most bizarre change is on the 50.00 stamp where the large chick on the nest has been replaced by 2 much younger chicks. The photograph from which this has been derived had 4 chicks.

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