Anti Magpie devices

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby ball bearing » Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:25 pm

jaznit wrote:Anyone been swooped yet this year?


Got swooped a couple of weeks ago. Not very serious, I think he was having a bit of fun - it does seem very early for them to be up to their tricks.

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:54 pm

Yeah I was worried they are coming out soon - I'm amazed you got swooped already!

I don't look forward to this time of the year - those little birds are enough to get me away from my love of cycling


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:55 pm

I remember reading they don't swoop at night - any truth to this fact?

How about the m7 cycle way on Western Sydney - I also heard from someone there are no magpies there and was wondering if u have ever been swooped on it?


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby Rockford » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:30 am

Magpies are on the M7 :-) The one near the Great Western Hwy is a nasty one.

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby leximack » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:12 pm

Rockford wrote:Magpies are on the M7 :-) The one near the Great Western Hwy is a nasty one.


M7 Magpies
1:Great western highway (dont think he was around last season)
2: near the tip area (wallgrove rd??)
3: was one near quakers parkway but very infrequent
4: was there one around the prestons end at somepoint? cant remember

once you know where they are just speed up and go through ahead of someone, magpies usually attack the last rider :lol: :lol: :lol:

i got a full on proper attack last week (near aldi in quakers hill) so there getting ready :(

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby jaznit » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:14 pm

Thanks

If I didn't have motivation to get fitter now I do - to be in front of others to not get swooped hahaha


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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby lobstermash » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:42 pm

I find it's the opposite. Try and find someone to trailblaze for you, set yourself 10-20m from them and enjoy the magpie swooping show...
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby g-boaf » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:45 pm

jaznit wrote:I remember reading they don't swoop at night - any truth to this fact?

How about the m7 cycle way on Western Sydney - I also heard from someone there are no magpies there and was wondering if u have ever been swooped on it?


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True - they are settled down for the night. Ride at other times to avoid them. I've got good lights now so I can do that. :)

Fortunately I've got just enough speed to overtake people, they can get swooped.

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby leximack » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:48 pm

lobstermash wrote:I find it's the opposite. Try and find someone to trailblaze for you, set yourself 10-20m from them and enjoy the magpie swooping show...


canberra magpies must be slow :wink: , in sydney if your 20m apart it will smash every rider it sees.
You need to be 5-10m max infront of your "buddy" to not get hit, in my expereince when this close will always go for the last rider in the queue.

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby lobstermash » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:06 pm

The ones I come across have multiple goes at the same rider. It's not uncommon to get hit 6-8 times by the same bird, and the faster you go the further they follow you!
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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby SmellyTofu » Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:03 am

Just got a direct hit to the helmet 30 mins ago this morning at Rhodes by those black and white birds but not a magpie. Don't know the name of them but they are slightly taller than an Indian Minor bird.

EDIT: Found out it was a Magpie Lark

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Re: Anti Magpie devices

Postby g-boaf » Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:37 pm

I saw one near Elizabeth Drive (along the T-way near the shopping centre) holding twigs in its beak... :shock: Seems to be preparing the nest... :(

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