Joint issue of Belarus and Azerbaijan. Rare birds. Eagles

Newsletter # 14 (668) April 29, 2016
On May 12, 2016 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue 2 stamps Rare birds. Eagles of the series Joint issue of Belarus and Azerbaijan.
A series continuation. Beginning Nos. 874, 875, 953, 954, 961, 1095 and 1096. Artist: Alexander Mityanin. Design: Marina Vitkovskaya. Printing: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforation: comb 12. Size of the stamps: 40x28 mm. Face value of each stamp: H. Sheet composition: 8 (2x4) stamps in joint sheet of 4 sets. Size of the sheet: 105x140 mm. Print quantity: 60.000 stamps each.
The stamps were printed at the Republican Unitary Enterprise Bobruisk Integrated Printing House named after A. T.  Nepogodin.
Face value H is equal to the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.
No. 1118
Golden eagle
Elements of protection
No. 1119
Steppe eagle
Elements of protection
Eagles are birds of prey of the family Accipitridaey. The world fauna includes about four dozen of their species. Lifespan of eagles is one of the longest among birds. Big eagles often live up to 40-50 years.
In search of prey they soar for hours at a great height. At the right moment they rapidly go down, stretch their legs forward and grab the victim, stunning it with the beak. Having great strength eagles often attack animals much heavier than themselves: foxes, wolves, deer, gazelles and antelopes.

Despite of their strength eagles are very vulnerable. Hunger is dangerous for them. With ploughing up of new areas of virgin land wild animals disappear and the usual food is not enough for eagles. Besides they often die on power lines.

The golden eagle and steppe eagle depicted on the stamps are included in the national Red Data Books of a number of countries, including the Red Book of Belarus (golden eagle) and the Red Book of Azerbaijan (golden eagle and steppe eagle).
Colour of the postmark — black.
Special postmark and FDC painted by A.Mityanin,
designed by M.Vitkovskaya
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the post office No.1 of Minsk (shop Philately,16 Moskovskaya street) on the stamps issuing day.

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