Seabirds of Norfolk Island

Release date: 20 September 2016

Norfolk Island is home to a number of bird species, including over 20 species of seabirds that can be seen from coastal areas, including popular vantage points Captain Cook Monument and Bird Rock. Nepean Island, Phillip Island and the smaller islets off the Norfolk coastline are important breeding areas for these interesting and varied seabird species.

This stamp issue, released on 20 September 2016, is the first issued by Australia Post for Norfolk Island. The stamp designs, by John White of the Australia Post Design Studio, feature two striking photographs that showcase the expressive heads of two iconic seabirds.

Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda roseotincta)

These spectacular seabirds, though largely white-feathered, are named for their two bright crimson tail quills, which they use to perform intricate courtship rituals in the air. These migratory birds are observed on Norfolk Island between October and May.

Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra fullagari)

These large and distinctive seabirds are named for the small black mask around their large yellow or yellowish-green beak. These white-bodied, black-tailed birds are also migratory and are seen at their nests between August and February.

The Seabirds of Norfolk Island stamp issue is available from 20 September 2016 online, at participating Post Offices and via mail order on 1800 331 794, while stocks last.

See our previous post on the background to Australia Post’s Norfolk Island stamp program as well as the interesting story behind Norfolk Island’s famous Ball Bay stamp series.

Updating standing orders for Norfolk Island stamps

If you are a collector with an existing standing order, you can amend this to receive Norfolk Island stamp issues. This can be done by telephone, fax or in writing:

Philatelic Mail Order Bureau
Reply Paid 86359

Phone: FREECALL 1800 331 794 (local customers) or +61 3 9887 0033 (overseas customers)
Fax: 03 9887 0236 or (local customers) or +61 3 9887 0236 (overseas customers)

If you'd like to set up a new standing order, see our post how to set up your collectable standing order

Technical details

  • Issue date

    20 September 2016
  • FDI withdrawal

    18 October 2016
  • Denomination

    1 x $1, 1 x $2
  • Stamp design

    John White, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    John White, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50 no design
  • National postmark

    Norfolk Island NSW 2899
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 April 2017

*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.