Australia 2005 Bush Wildlife
- Issue Date : 7 June 2005
- Designed by : Cathleen Cram & Kevin Stead
- Printed by : SEP Sprint
- Print Process : Lithography
- Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm
A definitive issue of four new international stamps was released to meet the needs of general postage requirements. Featuring some of Australia's diverse wildlife, the stamp illustrations bring to life the beauty of these unique Australians in their natural habitat - the Australian bush. The illustrations for these stamps are the work of Kevin Stead, one of Australia’s foremost wildlife artists.
- Perforations : 14.5 x 14.0
- Format: sheets of 50
$1 Superb Lyrebird Stamp
The Superb Lyrebird inhabits the dense rainforests and wet sclerophyll forest on the coastal plain and associated highlands of south-eastern Australia, from the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria and around the vicinity of Brisbane.
Lyrebirds are notable for their courtship displays in which the male spreads and vibrates the long feathers of the tail. He then throws it forward over his head, while prancing and stamping on a mound which has been constructed for this purpose. During courtship the male utters a long, rambling, complex and extremely varied song.
$1.10 Laughing Kookaburra
It has also been introduced to Tasmania, south-western Western Australia, and New Zealand. It lives in groups that maintain permanent territories, announcing and defending these by means of loud, rollicking calls uttered in chorus, especially at dawn and dusk.
The Koala’s range in eastern Australia extends from the tropics to the cool temperate south. Throughout the range the Koala is associated with the eucalyptus forests that provide almost its sole diet of eucalyptus leaves.
The Koala has a low energy requirement compared to most other mammals and is usually inactive for 20 hours a day. Females commence breeding when two years old, producing one young every year.
$1.80 Red Kangaroo
The Red Kangaroo inhabits the arid plains country, low open woodlands and arid deserts of the Northern Territory and all mainland states of Australia. It is one of the largest living marsupials, males reaching around 66 kilograms in weight and females around 26 kilograms.
Most males are pale red to brick red in colour and females are usually blue-grey, but in some areas both sexes are reddish. The joey stays in the pouch for 235 days after birth, leaving when it reaches 4 to 5 kilograms in weight. It continues to suckle for a further four months, even when a younger sibling occupies the pouch.
- Perforations : die cut 11.5 x 11
- Format: booklets of 5
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was Olinda VIC 3788. A first day cover for the self-adhesive varieties was not officially produced.