What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

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Postby Mububban » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:37 am

No magpies yet, but I keep getting swooped by I think honeyeaters? A couple of different places on my usual route. They get close but haven't struck yet, but they clack their beak as they fly past which gets your attention.
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Postby biker jk » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:42 pm

Anti-magpie helmet. :lol:

https://goo.gl/jU1cof

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Postby Mububban » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:56 pm

Driving near home, I noticed the cyclist with a wooden ruler in his hand just before I noticed the magpie swooping down at him. He had quite an effective arm waving technique that kept the maggie at bay.

I've been making sure my kids wear their sunglasses when riding lately, some eye protection is better than nothing.
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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby Cheesewheel » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:02 am

http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/countr ... 78f491674e

Cyclist creates ultimate anti magpie helmet
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Postby Arbuckle23 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:46 pm

Cheesewheel wrote:http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/country-living/back-paddock/cyclist-creates-the-ultimate-magpiefighting-helmet/news-story/7d2f49b992b117e22da0a578f491674e

Cyclist creates ultimate anti magpie helmet


Ha :D

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Postby tcdev » Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:12 pm

According to a story in my local newspaper a few weeks ago, my old nemesis of the past few years was culled recently due to numerous complaints (not me) and was deemed "dangerous" by local authorities.

I guess, like warthog1, until one swoops down, removes my sunglasses and then pokes my eye out, or takes my ear clean off, I'll treat them as little more than annoyances. In fact my account was opened for the season recently on a ride out to Kurnell where I had to face my foe on the return journey as well. Aside from the initial 'click' to the back of the helmet, waving one arm as he tried to swoop was sufficient to prevent further contact.

I will admit though, having young kids who ride bikes too, the threat to their eyesight worries me a little. Miss 5 will follow directions and wear sunglasses but Mr 2 is another story altogether.
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Postby gorilla monsoon » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:40 pm

An interesting piece on some TV show or another a little while back that tried the theory of introducing yourself to the local magpies. seemed to work for the guy (Bondi Vet bloke). I have done it in the past and it seemed to work then, too.
Certainly the local maggies on my ride leave me alone but i have seen them swoop others. Go figure.
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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby Humphrey1957 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:33 pm

I wear a helmet and wrap around eye protection.

I feed the local flock in my street. They look at me as a meal ticket. Not a threat.

I dont know if there has been any research done on helmet colour. Mine is yellow.
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Postby RonK » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:09 pm

tcdev wrote:I guess, like warthog1, until one swoops down, removes my sunglasses and then pokes my eye out, or takes my ear clean off, I'll treat them as little more than annoyances.

I think it wise to treat them as more than mere annoyances.

Magpies on a mission: Eye injuries increase in shocking swooping season

As for your children.

Magpie put down after attacking Perth boys

And don't kid yourself that sunglasses offer any protection - they don't.
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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby warthog1 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:49 pm

Yes I think a full suit of armour is justified.
A helmet and glasses whilst offering some protection can be improved upon.
There is danger in underestimating the lethal threat posed by these deadly birds.

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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby Mububban » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:17 pm

I'm fairly confident I can take care of myself when being swooped, I've got years of experience with maggies from walking to and from school!
But I insist my kids wear their sunnies when we ride, if it gives them a second or two of added protection then that gives me a second or two to get to them as I ride behind them. Something is surely better than nothing.
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Postby bychosis » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:25 pm

I had a bit of a swoop last week. Didn’t get anything in the morning going downhill, but on the way home I saw the shadow and waved him off.

Today, again nothing in the morning downhill. Kept an eye out and saw no bird. This afternoon I kept an eye out on the way up the hill. 1 false alarm - minor bird. 2nd sighting - Maggie came in from in front, went wide and circled around behind me. Waved him away and saw him perch. Moved on. Passed another 3-4 houses and he started to come back at me, then perched on a wire while I escaped on a slight descent. Smart bugger, no idea where he was ‘protecting’ and he took the effort to circle round to attack from behind, admittedly he was thwarted by the sun being behind me.
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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby Mububban » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:29 pm

Toddler swooped from the ground in "unusual" attack:

http://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/par ... 47cd6e415f


I've had this only once in my life. Walking home from high school with a mate, cutting through the bush between the school and the shops, we see a maggie on the ground maybe 5 metres away, watching us. He commented "You know, I've never actually been swooped by a mapgie before" at which point, the bird launched itself into the air and proceeded to come straight at us! Cue much shrieking, running and laughing. It was the usual fear and adrenaline mixed with the ridiculous timing of being swooped from the ground immediately after my mate opened his big mouth :D :D :D
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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby bychosis » Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:05 pm

They are interesting birds for sure. I've seen one hopping down around on the ground behind a kids soccer game, then up on top of the goals and start to have a go at the goalie until a parent, who could see what was going on headed over.
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Re: What, no 2017 Magpie thread yet?

Postby TheWall » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:13 pm

Thought I got away this year...ridden past plenty where mates had been attacked...was pondering this fact last weekend on my Sunny Coast to Brisbane ride. 15klm later in Eudlo...absolutely hammered 4 times by one cranky magpie. Situation was complicated by being on a narrow road with an oncoming car...could not even raise my arms in my defence lol.

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