Spangled drongo and other trivia

Subject: Spangled drongo and other trivia
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 20:23:52 -0400

Not to get too pedantic, but what we have here -
> 1). 'Raptor' is a palindrome of 'Parrot', and I know certain raptors which 
> make a hobby of lunching on them anyway.
is an anagram.
At lunch time, both parrots and raptors should be safe from palindromic senile 
If that's the effect of cab-sav may I suggest that lager, sir, is regal.

Regards, Clive.

"Bruce Roubin" <> wrote:
> Good eye,
>  I found an adult M spangled drongo dicrurus hottentottus on my lunchtime 
> excursion today to Gore Creek Reserve, Greenwich, Sydney. Which reminds me of 
> some trivia: the longest word (excluding proper names) is reportedly the 
> Dutch word hottentottententententoonstelling - which translates loosely as " 
> a hottentot's tent display"  (rather rare)!
> Other trivia:
> 1). 'Raptor' is a palindrome of 'Parrot', and I know certain raptors which 
> make a hobby of lunching on them anyway.
> 2). BELIEVE IT OR NOT: the most-played CD on Sydney Airwaves ever, has been 
> of bird calls from Ormiston Gorge, followed closely by another on shorebirds 
> and waders - explanation: some new FM station played the Ormiston Gorge CD 
> non-stop repeatedly over a 3 week period, followed by the other for at least 
> another week before commencing regular programmes this year, as a sort of 
> test broadcast (providing a fair range of frequencies).
> 3). BELIEVE IT OR NOT: National rock station JJJ tonight reported some 
> ornithological news without any comment, sarcastic or otherwise (albeit none 
> was really needed) - apparently some research on flycatchers has been 
> reported from Spain, from which they have derived the conclusion that females 
> are better-off choosing ugly mates if they want to happily and successfully 
> raise a family. The Spanish male flycatcher has some white marking on its 
> head, the size of which is apparently a fair indication of his strike rate. 
> Those males observed to devote more time to caring for their offspring, 
> guaranteeing and higher success rate in fledglings, are the ones with the 
> smallest white marks. 
> 4). I still haven't had a certain lifer in the wild: another birder. No 
> pre-arranged meetings please, I want to leave it to chance to gauge the 
> probabilities.
> All this after 1 glass of cab-sav!
> Regards
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