Guernsey Post issued a miniature sheet featuring Critically Endangered species, Philippine Eagle, one of the world’s largest and most powerful eagles.
The latest stamp is issued as part of its Endangered Species series.
The Philippine Eagle has been illustrated by world renowned wildlife artist, Joel Kirk, who has worked on all of Guernsey post endangered species stamps.
Critically Endangered species Philippine Eagle
The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is one of the rarest species in the world and is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with a wild population estimated to be fewer than 500.
The Philippine eagle is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. It is considered to be one of the most powerful eagles in the world.
This stunning bird of prey is found on only four of over 7,000 islands in this region – Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.
Habitat loss through forest destruction and fragmentation is the one of the main long-term threats to the Philippine Eagle, along with uncontrolled hunting. The birds are also vulnerable to accidental capture in traps intended for wild pigs and deer.
Apart from being one of the largest eagles in the world, growing up to a metre in length with a two-metre wingspan, the Philippine Eagle is also one of the most striking; it has stunning brown and white plumage, a huge dark black bill with a tinge of blue and bright yellow feet.
Despite their large size, these birds are swift and agile in the air. Philippine Eagles prey on a host of animals and they have been known to hunt bats, flying lemurs, civets, flying squirrels and macaques. They also eat birds, including other birds of prey, snakes and lizards.
Joel Kirk – A renowned wildlife artist
Joel has a love of wildlife that stems back from his school years, where his paintings dominated competitions and gave him his main subject matter.
In 1972 Joel was accepted into the Southend College of Art, After completing a three-year course, Joel immediately turned professional and embarked on a career doing what he loves best; observing the natural world and capturing its beauty in oils, pastels and water-colours. As a freelance artist Joel worked for a number of publishing houses.
Joel’s long and illustrious career as an artist has taken him all over the world to study wildlife in its natural habitat. This research has given him a unique insight into the habits of his subjects allowing him to paint with both accuracy and affection.
Title: Critically Endangered species Philippine Eagle
Date of Issue: 17 February 2016
Source: Guernsey stamps