Seagulls will scavenge for just about anything
they can get their beaks on as these playful set of stamps created for the
latest SEPAC issue by talented Guernsey artist James Colmer show.
Herring gulls are a very common sight in the
island but not a welcome addition to anyone’s picnic!
They are very clever creatures when it comes to
mealtimes and use their keen sense of smell and great vision but they have
developed a taste for human food, swooping in for any tasty tidbits they can
find in their hunt for an easy meal
Seagulls are one of the few birds that can drink
saltwater thanks to special glands above their eyes which eliminate excess salt
so they can fly far out to sea on the hunt for food without dehydrating.
Saltwater has got to be better for them than the
sunbather’s Guernsey beer that one audacious seagull goes for. Seagulls might
not be fussy about what they stick in their beaks, but Breda happens to be an
award-winning beer, having won silver at the International Brewing Awards back
in 2013. Randalls Brewery have been
turning malted barley, hops, water and yeast into this popular 5% abv pale
lager since 2008 and one stamp in this series bears the SEPAC logo to tie in
with this year’s SEPAC theme of locally made beverages.
James was commissioned to create this playful set of stamps featuring some of the island's hungry herring gulls for Guernsey Post's latest SEPAC issue.
52p stamp: Gache Thief
79p stamp: Stealing Mackerel Thief
£1.10 stamp: Beer Thief
£1.35 stamp: Ice Cream Thief