Magpie attacks man and pecks at his eyes after ‘conversation’ in park turns ugly

A man was left "barely able to see" after a magpie attacked him as he sat down to eat his lunch in a park.

Business owner James Glindemann, 68, from Victoria, Australia, has been left with blurred vision after the bird suddenly swooped on him.

He had been sat at a park bench, outside of the Gippsland Centre in Sale, Victoria, when the horrifying attack took place.

As he sat there, Mr Glindemann says he actually started talking to the magpie because he "likes them".

"I sat down at a bench there and the magpie came up and I started talking to it because I like them," he said.

"And it looked at me and I didn't give it any food, so it just attacked me.

"First it struck my left eye and when it landed back on the ground, I didn't drop my food and so it attacked me again in the right eye."

He said the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, happened in a matter of seconds but the injuries were serious.

The story was first reported by ABC Gippsland, which said that about about 60 patients a year present to Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital with bird-related eye injuries, according to hospital official Thomas Campbell.

"There was some blood that was dripping at one stage and it covered my eyes … I could barely see, but I managed to find my car and I rang triple-0," he said.

After paramedics arrived at the scene they took Mr Glindemann to the Central Gippsland Hospital where doctors made the decision to fly him to Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne to undergo surgery.

"It turned out there was no actual damage to the right eyeball itself, but the area around it was very inflamed," Mr Glindemann said.

"But the magpie seems to have penetrated the cornea in my left eye and so the doctors repaired that.

"I think the procedure took about two hours.

"My vision in both eyes are blurred at the moment … but I think doctors are confident that my sight will come back."

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