Eagle Eye is a bird deterrent system introduced into Australia by PestIT, the innovators in bird management. The Eagle Eye’s reflective pyramid rotates via an electric motor or wind-driven bearing, sending the beams around in a menacing pattern. The light spectrum reflected back by the Eagle Eye disorients birds in flight by limiting their vision significantly. This causes the bird to deviate in flight and fly to another destination. Eagle Eye’s success in the bird control has led to installation into hundreds of facilities Australia-wide. This is particularly the case in regard to protected species where lethal means of control is inappropriate and illegal without permitted permission.
- The rotating system works in two ways:
Powered by 12-volt electricity from a 10watt solar panel or from a transformer plugged into an 240v AC outlet. The solar panel provides direct power to the unit that can only run during the day when the reflective flashes are at their most powerful.
- Alternatively, wind-driven units can effortlessly rotate the unit. The minor drawback is on completely still days the unit will stand still. However, when used in conjunction with the powered units, the wind-units can expand the Eagle Eye zone at a lower cost.
The Eagle Eye can cover a vast area and should always be installed as part of a system or network of two units or more. The Eagle Eye reflects sunlight back in the direction of the sun, leaving an unprotected area behind the unit. This changes during the day as the sun moves from East to West. Buildings, trees and other obstacles can create shadows as well. To overcome this, multiple units should be used. Additionally, powerful LED lights may be mounted above powered units to mimic sunlight. This is especially important where flocking birds such as seagulls arrive to nest during winter periods (May to September) in Southern Australia.
The Eagle Eye can be expected to deter a high-percentage of resident birds. However, fewer will be deterred if they are nesting, roosting, or feeding in the location. In these cases, deterring should be reinforced with population dispersal, site clean-up, mechanical deterrents and/or physical deterrents found in the AvePro bird control range. Should reflections irritate people in nearby buildings, deflectors or Eagle Eye RED (tinted unit) can be installed to reduce the issue. The units will require cleaning and annual maintenance so a maintenance contract should be contemplated with an accredited Eagle Eye installer. In fact, apart from horticultural and agricultural situations, Eagle Eye should be installed by an accredited installer. Cleaning and polishing with soapy water should be completed quarterly or half yearly (as a minimum) to maintain the quality of the reflective surface. Remember, a reflective bird deterrent that isn’t reflecting will no longer deter birds at full strength, allowing birds back in.