To fly in the order of your standing

To: Con Boekel <>
Subject: To fly in the order of your standing
From: David Rees <>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:50:06 +0000
Nice picture Con

Have also observed this feeding orgy also and would agree with you.

Bit like the pecking order on an Indonesian highway - Army, cement mixer, Intercity bus etc. etc. 


On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 3:21 PM, Con Boekel <> wrote:
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 oeuvre).

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 dessert.

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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