A young Sydney sea eagle that has been monitored by a live webcam since birth is recovering after a dramatic rescue operation and surgery.

It's been watched around the clock, and around the world, for its entire life.

And now the internet may just have saved a Sydney sea eagle chick.

The Birdlife Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park set up EagleCAM - a close-up live video feed of the nest of a family of sea eagles - four years ago.

But several days ago, rangers monitoring the feed noticed something amiss in one of the young chicks.

And yesterday, a cherry picker was brought in to investigate closer, with the nest 20-metres up a tree.

Rescuers discovered that the sea eagle had a large hook stuck halfway down its throat, along with some fishing line.

The bird was taken to the Animal Referral Hospital, where avian veterinarian Dr Stacey Gelis prepped it for surgery.

"We had to safely remove him from his little carrying container, which if you've ever seen the talons on these guys, is a feat in itself," Dr Gelis told 702 ABC Sydney Mornings host Linda Mottram today.

"People think a chick is a little bird, but he was 2.4kg. In a bird that is a very large bird."

The sea eagle was given a gas anesthetic and x-rays were taken before the surgery to remove the hook and line.

It was held overnight for observation, before being returned to its home.

"The surgery went really well and he recovered very well. He's a healthy chick," Dr Gelis said.

Ranger Judy Harrington said yesterday one of the adult sea eagles may have accidentally brought the fishing line to the nest with some food.

"The adults would have brought in food," she told Linda Mottram on Monday.

"The main food that they eat here is the various kinds of fish from the Parramatta River.

"So they have obviously either taken a fish that had line or was discarded along the edge of the river."

She urged people to clean up all their fishing line, hooks and bait after fishing, as many birds accidentally eat the rubbish with dire results.

VIDEO Sea eagle chick rescue

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