James Glindemann was attacked by a magpie while eating his lunch on Tuesday.

Buisnessman, 68, suffered serious injuries to both eyes from the brutal attack.

He was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to his cornea in left eye.

A businessman has suffered serious injuries to both eyes after being viciously attacked by an angry magpie.

James Glindemann, 68, was sitting on a park bench eating some Chinese takeaway for lunch near the Gippsland Shopping Centre in Sale, in eastern Victoria on Tuesday when a young magpie appeared at his feet.

'It looked at me and I didn't give it any food, so it just attacked me,' he told it Australia.

James Glindemann, 68, was sitting on a park bench eating his lunch near the Gippsland Shopping Centre in Sale, in eastern Victoria on Tuesday when a magpie appeared next to him

'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.'

'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

Within seconds Mr Glindemann had blood running down his face.

Barely able to see, he rushed to his car where he grabbed his phone and called triple-0.

Magpie swooping season came early this year due to the unseasonably warm weather

He was driven to Central Gippsland Hospital by ambulance before being flown to Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne where he underwent surgery on his left eye.

Mr Glindemann said the bird penetrated his cornea which has been repaired.

The operation took about two hours.

Mr Glindemann was finally discharged from hospital on Thursday. He said he was surprised as it was juvenile bird.

'I would suggest people wear sunglasses all the time when they're outside as I suspect that bird will swoop people whether its swooping season or not.'

He said it was still not clear if there would be permanent damage.

Magpie swooping season came early this year due to the unseasonably warm weather.

At least 280 attacks have been reported across Australia since mid June, according to the Magpie Alert website.

One of the more recent incidents involved a young boy who went viral after an aggressive magpie was filmed swooping him on Shellharbour Road in Wollongong.

His father Wayne Sherwood filmed the incident and posted it to Instagram with the caption: 'Australia is beautiful but our native birds are killers. They'll eat your kids alive. Beware.'

Magpies swoop to protect their territory while chicks are nesting nearby.

Australians have been advised to avoid eye contact and detour around magpie territories whenever possible.

This article is republished from Daily Mail Online. Read the original article.

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