It’s that time of year again! Australian magpies are nesting and will attack almost anything within a few hundred meters of their nests. They’ll swoop without provocation targeting cyclists, pedestrians, even other animals if they think they’re a threat. Some of my previous magpie swooping footage has been used by the Australian Museum in Sydney and extensively in the media this time each year.
GPLama Magpie Photos: https://bit.ly/3juC05y
Six Tips for Dealing with Swooping Magpies:
1 – If you’re in a group, don’t ride at the back. Let someone else take the hit! 🙂
2 – Cover your ears – They love a good ear scratch.
3 – Cover your neck – Another scratch zone.
4 – Sunglasses – Although they almost always attack from behind. Protect them anyway.
6 – Make eye contact – They won’t swoop or come too close if you’re looking at them.
6 – Raise a hand – That’s usually all it’ll take to keep them off your back, literally.