Little Eagle

To: 'shorty' <>
Subject: Little Eagle
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:51:04 +0000

Thanks. Same colours and just on probability it is the same bird but I looked closely at what clues would show. Although the scratches on its beak in today’s photo can’t be seen in the earlier photo just because of the light, the slight scar around the right front edge of the cere appears identical in both photos. So chances of not being the same bird is remote. So whatever, the problem appears healed. Maybe it was just sleeping on that side of the brain.




From: shorty [
Sent: Sunday, 24 July, 2016 12:42 PM
To: Philip Veerman
Cc: ; Jerry Olsen
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Little Eagle


Yes it is the one at Kelly's Swamp Philip.

I managed to go and see it today and it appears that the eye is fine, assuming it is the same bird.



On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 5:08 PM, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

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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