Swooping season already?

Swooping season already?

Postby alltorque » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:50 pm

Is it just me or has the swooping bird season started a tad early this year? Rode up Montacute road yesterday and one particular bird was going apeshit! Anyone else been swooped yet?
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby Richard.L » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:00 pm

Yes they started around mid-late august but not so agressive around the Marion/Glenelg area

+ there is already another post in the General Discussions :D
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby SLH » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:50 pm

There's one on the Veloway, just past the TAFE as you head south.
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby Richard.L » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:47 pm

Yes i got two nicks on the back of my helment going at around 28-32km/h down the veloway even though i didn't see or hear it so i kept riding :)
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby Biffidus » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:25 pm

I was swooped just last week. He flew off when I stopped and stared at him tho.
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby shiv » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:39 pm

Veloway maggie is bloody persistant. Had a crack at me while going almost 50kph!! Worst thing was knowing I had to ride back past it up the hill at 20 odd kph.

Also come across one going up Mt Osmond from the freeway
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby MichaelB » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:45 am

shiv wrote:Veloway maggie is bloody persistant. Had a crack at me while going almost 50kph!! Worst thing was knowing I had to ride back past it up the hill at 20 odd kph.


He a savage sod. Very persistant. Often not happy with one go.
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby Ben85 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:59 am

haha thats funny, the veloway Magpie was destroyed last season. It was at a very dangerous part of the path, heading south, you would be rolling at 40-50kph and it was very rough surface, he would be chasing you for 200m +. A guy at local bike shop said council got rid of it. Now his kids are back. :lol:

There is another nasty one on Hallet cove path, and thats dodgy too, heading down hill.

Why arent they swooping when TDU on, make the race alot more interesting.
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby tripstobaltimore » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:22 am

I get swooped pretty much every ride nowadays.
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby bepboy » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:04 pm

shiv wrote:Veloway maggie is bloody persistant. Had a crack at me while going almost 50kph!! Worst thing was knowing I had to ride back past it up the hill at 20 odd kph.

Yes he is very persistant and a bloody pest! Had a crack at me while I was going out, so on the way back I got off the bike and tried to stare him down. The little bugger stalked me from tree to tree til I thought I was through his territory. The second I got back on the bike he swooped me!!!!
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby shiv » Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:39 pm

bepboy wrote:
shiv wrote:Veloway maggie is bloody persistant. Had a crack at me while going almost 50kph!! Worst thing was knowing I had to ride back past it up the hill at 20 odd kph.

Yes he is very persistant and a bloody pest! Had a crack at me while I was going out, so on the way back I got off the bike and tried to stare him down. The little bugger stalked me from tree to tree til I thought I was through his territory. The second I got back on the bike he swooped me!!!!


Next time on your way back up, stop and find a stick on side of path, and just wave it above your head when he starts coming at you. Worked for me last time and thankfully he/she stayed far enough away that no harm came to either of us.

Although Im sure cars on the expressway thought I looked a right dear friend waving away at nothing!! :lol:
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby gusk » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:43 am

There is an Australia wide open to all to edit -magpie attack map going around.

I have hosted it on a special page on Adelaide Cyclists (URL REMOVED) . You can click on the link at the bottom of the map to go directly to the map and add your attack location. You do need a Google account. Click Edit, select blue marker, drag to location, click Done then Save.

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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby bepboy » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:58 am

shiv wrote: Next time on your way back up, stop and find a stick on side of path, and just wave it above your head when he starts coming at you. Worked for me last time and thankfully he/she stayed far enough away that no harm came to either of us.

Although Im sure cars on the expressway thought I looked a right d***h*** waving away at nothing!! :lol:


Thanks Shiv - will try it
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Re: Swooping season already?

Postby robbie d » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:26 pm

The one in general discussions is 7 pages now, I think rubber snakes on the helmet could keep them away :)
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