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Pacific Loon

Birds of Canada

Title

Pacific Loon

Denomination

46¢

Date of Issue

March 1, 2000

Year

Quantity

3,500,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Birds of Canada

Series Time Span

1996 - 2001

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13, diecut, imperforate = découpé à l'emporte-pièce, non dentelé

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

Designed by Raymond Bellemare. Based on a painting by Pierre Leduc.

Layouts

Self-adhesive booklet of 12 stamps (sealed)

Quantity Produced - 500,000
Original Price: $5.52
Perforation: diecut, not perforated
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: JAC Paper

Pane of 20 stamps

Quantity Produced - 400,000
Original Price: $9.20
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Uncut Press Sheet - signed and numbered

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Price: $89.95
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Uncut Press Sheet - unsigned

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Price: $55.20
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover - Combination

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: LINDSAY, ONTARIO
Original Price: $2.14
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

The fifth release in Canada Post's handsome Birds of Canada series features four dramatically diverse winged animals: the Canada warbler, Pacific loon, osprey and blue jay. This set of four domestic-rate stamps will be available in a pane of 20, a self-adhesive booklet of 12, regular and signed uncut press sheets and on an Official First Day Cover to be cancelled at Lindsay, Ontario.

Pacific loon (Gavia pacifica)
The Pacific loon is a protected species in Canada. Much smaller than its close relative the common loon, the Pacific loon is mainly a North American species. It winters along the Pacific coast and summers in the north as far east as Baffin Island. The Pacific loon starts nesting at two years of age. The mates pair off near salt water in the spring and move to freshwater to breed. Solitary nesters, these birds prefer large lakes and ponds. The clutch usually consists of two greenish-olive eggs marked with dark spots. Once laid in May and June, the eggs are incubated by both adults during a 29-day period. Hatchlings remain with the adults for about five weeks. When diving for food, Pacific loons can remain underwater for more than a minute, and dives of two minutes long ­ and 21 metres deep ­ have been observed.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 9, No. 2 , 2000, p. 11, 13.

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