Little Eagle

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Subject: Little Eagle
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:08:40 +0000

Yes I would think that is an important extra bit of information. That might make a difference and lead to a range of questions:


It sort of suggests that the nictitating membrane might be infected or damaged. Or if not that, the eye itself may be damaged. Either way is that likely to spontaneously heal? As a first step it is worth suggesting that if anyone else manages to get close enough to see this bird again, it is worth checking whether the problem continues. If not, is it likely to be life threatening? May well impair sight and thus ability to obtain food.  If it is, does that matter? It looks likely to be the bird that has been known there for some years and maybe old and on the way out anyway. That is just a comment, not a prognosis. I am guessing “the Jerra Little Eagle refers to Kellys swamp & FSP”. If not, is the bird catchable for examination and treatment? If so, how, who and when?




From: shorty [ Sent: Sunday, 17 July, 2016 6:24 AM            To: Philip Veerman
Cc: Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Little Eagle


Sorry i should have mentioned that i observed the bird for 10-15 minutes and the eye looked like this the whole time.


You are correct that the camera can catch the nictitating membrane and i have photos that have done so but i can see the pupil under the membrane in other photos.




On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 12:01 AM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

This is a comment, not a diagnosis. Well that depends a bit of the speed of the photo. The most likely is it is caught blinking, i.e. moving the nictitating membrane over the eye. That is usually fairly quick but a camera could easily catch that. If that is what it is and looks like to me then it is nothing odd.


From: shorty [ Sent: Saturday, 16 July, 2016 7:16 PM          To:
Subject: [canberrabirds] Little Eagle

Went to see the Jerra Little Eagle today and it seems his right eye has a problem, thoughts?



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