Home' Fish and Game : August 2015 Contents WHERE ARE WE WITH WAITUNA?
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The black swan (Cygnus atratus), also known
as the kakīānau, is one of the most common
waterfowl found in New Zealand, with a population
of approximately 50,000 across the country. Mainly
found on lakes, estuaries, harbours and freshwater
ponds, black swans are a legal game bird in most
parts of New Zealand.
The black swan is covered in jet black feathers, with
striking white feathers visible beneath the wings of
the adults. The black swan has a bright red bill with
a white band, red eyes and light grey legs. There is little difference between the male and female
birds, although the females tend to be smaller than the males. Black swans are slow yet graceful
swimmers on the water, and tend to be territorial on land.
The nesting season for black swans generally occurs in the winter months from around July,
with colonial nesting beginning around September and continuing through to November. Black
swans are mostly monogamous and pair for life, usually nesting in the same spots each year,
tending and rebuilding their nests as necessary. A typical breeding season will yield between four
and eight eggs, with an incubation period of around 40 days. Black swans defend their nests,
aggressively attacking any intruder with their wings and beaks.
The black swan takes centre stage in the 2015 Game Bird Habitat Collection, which consists of a
stamp, miniature sheet, first day cover and miniature sheet first day cover, and a hand-numbered
and signed Limited Edition Artist Print. Each print includes
two stamps, of which one is signed by artist Karen
Karen Baddock has worked as a self-employed artist
for the past 20 years. Her main inspiration comes from
nature, specialising in watercolours and alkyd paints
(fast-drying oils). Her works can take anywhere from six
to twelve weeks to complete, with most of that time spent
focusing on the composition of the piece. Karen Baddock
works from Bluegum Gallery in Dunedin, which is open for
New Zealand 2015
GAME BIRD HABITAT COLLECTION
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Each year on 2 February, the Game Bird Habitat Collection
is issued to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The 2015 issue
is the 22nd in the series and features the black swan.
PREVIOUSLY ISSUED PRODUCTS
Price Quantity Total
2014 Pūkeko Limited Edition Artist Print
2013 Australasian Bittern Limited Edition Artist Print
2012 Bobwhite Quail Limited Edition Artist Print
Plus overseas postage (see below)
TOTAL TO PAY $
AUSTRALIA - 3-6 working days
SOUTH PACIFIC - 3 -10 working days
EAST ASIA AND NORTH AMERICA -
4-10 working days
REST OF WORLD - 5 -10 working days
New Zealand Post produces the New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Collection on behalf of
Fish & Game New Zealand. The New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Black Swan stamp is not
valid for postage.
Previous years’ Artist Prints
2015 Artist Print - Black Swan
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NEW PRODUCTS (No product is valid for postage)
Price Quantity Total
2015 Black Swan Game Bird Habitat stamp
2015 Black Swan Game Bird Habitat stamp first day cover
2015 Black Swan Game Bird Habitat stamp miniature sheet $11.50
2015 Black Swan Game Bird Habitat stamp miniature sheet
first day cover
2015 Black Swan Game Bird Habitat stamp Limited Edition
If you have a preference for the Artist Print number, please indicate it here ______________________
Numbers will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and we will endeavour to meet your
requirements where possible.
2012 Artist Print - Bobwhite Quail
2014 Artist Print - Pūkeko
2013 Artist Print - Australasian Bittern
Proceeds from the Game Bird Habitat Collection
are distributed by the New Zealand Game
Bird Habitat Trust to fund the development
and enhancement of game bird and other
wildlife habitats. The Trust Board is a registered
charitable organisation (CC33828) and welcomes
donations towards its work of protecting and
enhancing wetlands in New Zealand.
Note: The New Zealand Game Bird Habitat stamp
products are not valid for postage.
Miniature sheet first day cover
First day cover
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