One-eyed Oriental Honey-buzzard

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Chris Lee a.k.a. chrisle023 was at Singapore’s West Coast Park sometime in January 2010 when he saw an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) around the car park. The raptor was flying around, moving from tree to tree (above). It was relatively close by and Chris could not resist photographing it.

Imagine his surprise when he processed his images and found that the raptor was partially blind (left). The right eye was damaged but the injury had healed.

Apparently the Oriental Honey-buzzard was not totally disadvantaged by the damaged right eye. The bird was actively flying and foraging. However, with only one good eye, it would not be able to function as effectively as when both eyes are in good condition.

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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