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Osprey - Pandion Haliaetus

Birds of Canada

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 1, 2017
Year 2017
Quantity 910,000
Perforation or Dimension 20 mm x 24 mm
Series Birds of Canada
Series Time Span 2016 - 2018
Printer Canadian Bank Note
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.75
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Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 400,000
Original Price: $8.50
Dimension: 20 mm x 24 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours

Souvenir sheet of 5 stamps

Quantity Produced - 110,000
Original Price: $4.25
Dimension: 114 mm x 92 mm
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA

Souvenir sheet Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - 10,000
Cancellation Location: Yellowknife NT
Original Price: $5.25
Dimension: 190 mm x 112 mm

About Stamp

This stamp belongs to Canada Post's three-year Birds of Canada stamp series. Celebrating the diversity of the country's avian life, the series features provincial and territorial birds from across the country. This year is the second your of this three-year series.

Designer Mike Savage, of Signals Design in Vancouver, struck a balance between new and old elements for this soaring sequel. Variations in colour and background freshen the look, while many design aspects echo those of last year’s stamps. Illustrator Keith Martin returned with a similar style. To portray the unique forms of his feathered subjects, he took a deep dive into their lives – immersing himself in photos and videos to understand the mechanics of each in flight. With support from avian expert David Gray, he incorporated the complexities of each bird’s markings, through a number of iterations.

The osprey is Nova Scotia's provincial bird. Sometimes mistaken for bald eagles, ospreys are superb at catching fish, which make up 99 percent of their diet. They dramatically plunge into water, plucking fish by locking their talons into them. Located on every continent except Antarctica, one of their primary breeding grounds in Canada is Nova Scotia, where they nest along coastlines and lakes.


Design: Kosta Tsetsekas, Adrian Horvath, Mike Savage (Signals).

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