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Subject: Owls
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 22:23:06 +1100

This was long before digital photography……..


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Eric John Hosking OBE (2 October 1909 – 22 February 1991) was an English photographer noted for his bird photography


A turning point in Hosking's career came through an accident which happened on 12 May 1937. Returning to a tawny owl photographic hide late at night, he was struck in the face by the owl, its claw penetrating his left eye. The resulting infection meant choosing between losing one eye or probably going blind. The eye was removed and the ensuing publicity appeared in all the national newspapers, where his photographs were already in great demand. As soon as he was fit he returned to the hide to continue taking pictures.[1




From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of Dominic Funnell via Birding-Aus
Sent: Sunday, 16 December, 2018 10:02 PM
To: Michael Hunter
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Owls


There was indeed Eric Hoskings I believe lost an eye to a Tawny Owl, dont remember the circumstances.


On 16 Dec 2018 8:11 pm, "Michael Hunter" <> wrote:

Was (? Is) there an English birder who called in an owl which flew in and removed one of his eyeballs ?


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