Apr 12, 2013

Israel FDC on "Taking the Vultures Under our Wing"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Taking the Vultures Under Our Wing

Date of Issue : 2 April 2013

Vulture (Gyps fulvus)
(The background of the stamp features the large waterfall at Gamla River. A Vulture chick appears on the tab)
The Vulture lives in flocks and feeds on carcasses that it is able to spot while in flight, as it flies great distances of up to 250 kilometers a day. It nests in high cliffs, living in monogamous pairs throughout its lifetime, and the female lays one single egg per year. The Vulture lives for 40 years and more.

Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus)
(The background of the stamp features Masada. An observation point overlooking the Dead Sea appears on the tab)
The Bearded Vulture feeds on the bone fragments and marrow and has an impressive swallowing capacity. The Bearded Vulture has long bristles at the base of its beak and an extraordinary ability to fly along the soaring cliffs. Its tail resembles a stake and its narrow wings are reminiscent of a large Peregrine Falcon.

Lapped-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotus)
(The background of the stamp features the southern Arava)
The Lapped-faced Vulture’s wingspan can reach up to 30 meters. Some 30 pairs used to nest in the Arava and Southern Negev regions of Israel. A unique sub-species, which differs from the population that nests in Africa nested in Israel.

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
The Egyptian Vulture has a distinct appearance, with its black and white coloring, diamond-shaped tail and yellow face. Its tweezer-like beak is narrow and thin. Its wingspan is approximately half that of the Vulture. This species nests in nooks and crannies on the cliff face in both desert and Mediterranean areas.

The FDC features four Vulture species gathered on an ibex carcass. In the distance – Vultures congregate around another carcass.

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