Raptors eating Avos in SW of WA

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Subject: Raptors eating Avos in SW of WA
From: "Ben Allen" <>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 17:05:25 +0900
I spent a very pleasant weekend in the South West of WA near Capel on my 
brother-in-law's farm.

Amongst other activities, they cultivate a good area under Avocado Pears.  He 
mentioned that they had often seen the local "Swamp Harriers" eating the 
avocado fruit in the orchard.  At that point a raptor flew over that was a 
Whistling Kite but which he identified as a harrier.  There were a number of 
Swamp Harriers around as well as the Whistling Kites but he had never 
appreciated the difference and had assumed that they were all Swamp Harriers.

We kept a look out for any raptors eating fruit but without success.  They had 
recently finished picking and so available fruit was now few and far between.  
As a result I was unable to establish whether it was the Harriers or the Kites 
that had taken a liking to Avocado Pear but I suspect that it is the latter.  I 
have not heard of such behaviour before but then I have not actually done any 
investigation into it either  - it may be a very common practice.

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