Australian man suffers double eye injury in magpie swooping attack after ‘conversation’ turns ugly

James Glindemann, 68, was flown to hospital for emergency surgery after being aggressively swooped in the Victorian town of Sale on Tuesday

What started as a “one-way conversation” with a magpie has ended with a Victorian man airlifted to hospital with serious injuries to both his eyes.

James Glindemann, 68, said he was about to tuck into a Chinese takeaway lunch on Tuesday at an outdoor mall in Sale, about 200km east of Melbourne, when he was suddenly and viciously swooped by a magpie.

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A young NSW boy has experienced the horror of Australia’s magpie swooping season, with his dad on hand to film the relentless attack.

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