On May 11, 2013, Australia Post will be releasing a four stamp issue of one of the little jewels of the Australian bush; the pardalotes. Now those of you, who know these birds, are aware of the sheer beauty of these little passerines. In my neck of the woods, I only get the Spotted and Striated Pardalotes. And the Spotted appear to be far more common. However, they are just stunning, and colourful.
The idea of the stamps is over a year old when the Post’s philatelic researcher contacted me for a couple of shots. Ideally they wanted me to supply all four species, but I was not able to due to only having the abovementioned species in my image catalogue. So I gave them the photos and those were to be used as base images for the absolutely stunning paintings for the stamps. The paintings were created by the incredibly talented Christopher Pope, who would have to be the most talented bird artist Australia has. His bird paintings are simply breathtaking; there’s no other way to put it. Check out his work on http://www.christopherpope.com.au
Anyway, this is a brief update of my privilige to be able to contribute to such fantastic projects showcasing our beautiful wildlife.
I thank Hillary from Australia Post and Christopher for the opportunity.
Here is a sample of the stamp and my original Striated Pardalote image, which I captured in Gordon Road, Schofoelds at the little creek crossing, in September 2009. There is a colony of these pardalotes living near there. Only if they knew they have become world-famous!