Eagle Eye Industrial & Commercial Bird Control Success Stories

Let's try a disco ball to stop pigeons

THEY'VE tried trapping them, shooting them, baiting them and scaring them - and failed miserably to win the war against Sydney's pigeons. So how about blinding them with disco lights?

Sounds far-fetched, but Rail-Corp has unveiled its latest weapon to defeat the pigeon plague at city stations and it's a rotating, mirrored pyramid resembling a dance club disco ball.

The devices, called Eagle Eyes, work by reflecting light at various angles to confuse and disorient incoming pigeons. The company behind them claims the birds grow so irritated by the flashing lights they quickly find somewhere else to roost.

Fed up with flocks of pigeons pooping on commuters and staff and creating safety and hygiene issues, RailCorp has installed four of the devices at Central Station, with more to go up in the coming days. The pyramids have been placed in the ceiling of the main CountryLink concourse.

Another two will be located outside the tram stop. Special lights will be shone on the internal pyramids, while the two outdoors will rely on sunlight.

RailCorp customer service general manager Rino Matarazzo said the bird-deterrents had been well received by commuters, many of whom had thought the pyramids were part of RailCorp's official Christmas decorations.

RailCorp will install other pyramids at Hurstville and Waterfall stations by January. The rail authority has for years tried to rid its stations of the birds, adopting measures ranging from trapping them in cages and moving them off to stringing up fake eagles to scare them. But nothing has worked.

"The eagles seemed to keep the pigeons away at first, but then the pigeons got friendly with them, pecking at them, nesting on them and even trying to mate," Mr Matarazzo said. "We also tried putting up spikes everywhere, but the pigeons decided they were good places to nest."

Apart from being a pest, the mess left behind by pigeons created a slip hazard on platforms. Hurstville station staff were so fed up with pigeons roosting there, they planned to hire a contractor to shoot them. That plan was dropped late last year after details of the planned shooting were made public.

Site Installed:Factory

Species:Sparrows, Pigeons

Eagle Eyes:1

Results:Birds were roosting on the roof-trusses and making a mess on the floor that had to be kept clean. Since the Eagle Eye was installed, the floor is clean.

Site Installed:Waste Treatment Plant – Bawron Heads, VIC

Species:Silver Gulls

Eagle Eyes:Six Eagle Eye RED units

Results:The Eagle Eye is successfully keeping the seagulls away from the central walkway through this extensive facility. Seagulls still remain the in tanks away from the initial installation and further units will be used around the perimeter of the facility in the near future as part of a second stage of development.

Site Installed:University, Queensland


Eagle Eyes:Two Solar powered Eagle Eyes and one Eagle Eye RED

Results:Up to one hundred pigeons would nest and roost on the copper roof causing extensive mess and damage to roof and floor areas. A few pigeons remain, however, this has been a stunning success.

Site: Atlantic boat club, Cape Town, South Africa

Problem birds: Seagulls, Cormorant.

Testimony: Hundreds of seagulls and cormorants were using the jetty and boats for perching and roosting.

The walkway became slippery and dangerous as a result of the droppings and the yachts were a mess

After installing one red Eagle Eye:, significant decreases in numbers were noticed and now the problem is solved completely.

We can recommend the use of Eagle Eye for removal of seagulls and cormorants in similar applications.


In Australia, numerous successful installation in marinas have been undertaken in NSW, QLD, Vic and WA for the reduction of seagull and cormorants.






Airport Bird Management


Lanseria Airport - Johannesburg

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henry1  Site Installed:  Outside next to airstrip
Bird Activity: Plovers, Guinea Fowl
Eagle Eyes Installed:  14
Contact Person:  Mr. Etienne Smulian – etienne.smulian@lanseria.co.za


"During recent years the ongoing efforts to maintain safety standards at airports and especially the control of ever increasing bird populations in and around urban areas has lead to a more scientific approach to the problem.

In our ongoing endeavours with regard to our “Bird Hazard Management Program” Lanseria International Airport has joined in a new development program with the “Eagle Eye” system.

The “Eagle Eye” bird deterrent is an environmental friendly approach as a bird scare tactic that does no harm to the animal but discourages birds from inhabiting certain areas. The Eagle Eye makes use of sunlight to reflect intermittent light flashes in and around the areas covered that in turn causes an irritation to the birds and forces them to relocate elsewhere." Below is a letter of Reccomendation from the Quality Assurance Officer of Lanseria Airport, a Feedback Report as well as a Installation photograph and aerial views of the site.

Letter of reccomendation from Lanseria Airport - pdf Eagle_Eye_LIA__Airport_Program_2009.pdf 221.67 Kb

Feedback Report from Lanseria Airport - pdf Lanseria_Feedback_Report.pdf 119.71 Kb 

Installation photographs - pdf Lanseria_Installation.pdf 10.44 Mb 


Read Lanseria Airport Newsroom Article (http://www.lanseria.co.za/news/articles/2010/06/01/eagle-eye-saves-birds)

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