CKinnard wrote:I've posted this here in the distant past, but will again just to remind riders what magpies are capable of.
- 2x penetrating wounds to the (L) eye's sclera several mm lateral of the iris.
- part of eyelid pecked off.
- a few periorbital pecking wounds
This was in one particularly aggressive attack.
The magpie got its beak in between the helmet and sunglasses.
When the rider eventually got his hand up to scare it off, it immediately went to the other eye and wounded that as well.
The Brisbane City Council destroyed the bird within a week.
This was around 2010.
Far out that's some scary stuff. And that's an adult who was wearing glasses. What chance does a young child with maybe a hat but no eye protection have against a really aggressive maggie?
My first memory of swooping magpies was in QLD in year 2 when all us RAAF kids would walk to school. Safety in numbers. One day one poor young guy on our street went ahead alone for whatever reason on the morning walk to school, and came running back home past us, crying, with blood streaming down his scalp. That sort of thing leaves an impression on you