tomato eating bird query

To: 'B&RGraham' <>, "" <>
Subject: tomato eating bird query
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 10:27:13 +0000

Thanks for the photo. Yes it is a Koel, as I thought. By the brown cap it looks like a juvenile, so Jack may like to add it to his list. No I’m not going to explain why it is that and not a Peregrine Falcon (or any kind of raptor) although the idea of a Peregrine Falcon eating tomatoes was entertaining. It is understandable that a person does not know what a Koel is and asks but it curious as to how people come to a specific wrong conclusion. Maybe you can refer the person to the COG photo gallery or something else, or a book.


But it is a little like the story in the local south coast newspaper many years ago, about Pied Currawongs feeding a Sea-Eagle and how strange that was. The “Sea-Eagle” was of course (as shown on photos) a young Channel-billed Cuckoo.  




From: B&RGraham [
Sent: Saturday, 15 February, 2020 8:39 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] tomato eating bird query


Hi All,


Here is the photo which may help identify the species. I'm still learning how to send photos by email to the chatline.






Is there a photo? Can the person send it?  My guess from the description, is it is likely to be a Koel.




From: B&RGraham [
Sent: Saturday, 15 February, 2020 3:27 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Peregrine Falcon in my garden



Please find attached a query re. a Peregrine Falcon eating tomatoes in  a suburban garden. You may wish to respond.


Bill Graham



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