Kinmen eyes 'terror eyes' to keep birds off produce
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kinmen officials said Monday that plastic “terror eyes” will be distributed to farmers free of charge to deter birds from eating crops and wean farmers off the use of nets to keep the intruders away.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
The terror eye simulates the glaring eyes and mouth of a natural predator and creates the illusion in the birds' minds that they are being chased by larger birds, said officials at the county's Economic Affairs Department.
The county government will distribute the terror eyes to farmers growing vegetables and fruits on the outlying island to prevent birds from eating the produce, and it is also considering making flags with images of larger birds as an alternative, officials said.
The Kinmen National Park administration on Monday also called on residents to stop the use of bird netting to protect their crops.
Chiu Tien-huo, a section chief at the administration, said a netting device was found in Jincheng Township on Monday in which four birds were found hanging on the net, three of which had died.
Another net in Jinning Township was removed last month, after officials found the bodies of more than 10 birds hanging on the net, he said.