Covers: Year of the Snake

Two great covers from Taiwan celebrating the Chinese new year in the Year of the Snake, 2013.

The first cover is simple, two stamps and CDS.

Year of the Snake - TW - 2013

Country: Taiwan (Republic of China)
Date: 10th January 2013

The second cover uses a souvenir sheet as postage, featuring a single, large stamp. A definitive stamp (I think) is added to make up the postage. With clear CDS cancels. The definitive stamp features a Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus).

Year of the Snake - TW - 2013

Country: Taiwan (Republic of China)
Date: 10th January 2013

Drongos are distinctive with their forked tails, sometimes rounded, not always pointed. I see them out in the fields behind our house. Lovely birds. Although, Wikipedia points out that the drongo has its detractors:

The word drongo is used in Australia as a mild form of insult tantamount to the term “idiot”, which may refer to the seemingly madcap attacks these birds are prone to launch.

A bit unfair.

Thanks to Douglas for these covers.

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