To fly in the order of your standing

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Subject: To fly in the order of your standing
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:34:05 +0000
Yet, should the local sparrowhawk appear, I wonder if the species would follow 
Lady Macbeth's injunction to "Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at 

Very nice photo, Con.


-----Original Message-----
From: Con Boekel 
Sent: Saturday, 17 September 2016 3:21 PM
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Subject: To fly in the order of your standing

In Regency England (as at other times and other places) one entered the dining 
room for dinner in strict order of precedence, starting with the king/queen, 
then members of the royal family, through dukes and so on and so forth to the 
least of mortals. (Austenites will know frequent examples of this in Austen's 

Over the past few days I have spent some time in the grevilleas section of the 
ANBG with a view to taking images of birds.

In line with Lowe, the honeyeaters have been furiously chasing each other in an 
intra- and inter-specific orgy of aggression in and around the al fresco 
grevillear dining room

One imagines that sorting the Regency England dining order of precedence was 
rather more polite.

Nevertheless, the species-level order of precedence amongst the ANBC 
honeyeaters is clear: Red Wattlebird, New Holland Honeyeater, Yellow-faced 
Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, and thence to the lowest of the low, the 
Eastern Spinebill.

Noisy Miners, for reasons of their own, appear to be saving the ANBG for 

Crescent Honeyeaters and White-eared Honeyeaters were heard in the vicinity but 
were not seen to lower themselves by engaging in the disorderly brouhaha.

Attached is an image of  Yellow-faced Honeyeater making like a hummingbird. 
Note the pollen that can just be seen on the forehead.



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