Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunday Stamps II from the Southern Hemisphere

I have been touring islands and atolls in the South Pacific this week, calling in at

French Polynesia - 1 November 195
where the 118 volcanic islands and atolls cover an area the size of Western Europe including Tahiti. In 1971 the atoll of  Mururoa was the site of a French nuclear test.

French Southern and Antarctic Territories include the Archipel des Crozet, a sub antarctic archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean.

French Southern and Antarctic Territories
18 April 1956
Penguin Island, one of the six Crozet Islands, is home to four species of penguin - Macaroni, King, Gentoo and Eastern Rock Hoppers. I believe it is the Rock Hoppers on the stamp.

For more stamps from the southern hemisphere please visit the links at  Sunday-Stamps-II-112.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - the French Polynesian ladies remind me of Gaugin, while the penguin sanctuaries must be amazing to see ... the Crozet Islands are fascinating to find out about ... aren't the Eastern Rock Hoppers fun ... love 'their hair' .. cheers Hilary

violet s said...

Love the eyebrows on those penguins.
I wonder what sort of music she is playing?

FinnBadger said...

Great stamps from unexpected places. The penguin stamp is incredible.

Joy said...

A nice musical stamp from Polynesia. A close relation of the macaroni you mention appears on my post today, my first thought of the southern oceans was of penguins.

Maria said...

Always a delight to see penguin stamps :D

Jo said...

Love the penguins.