Magpie initially swooped me when slowly jogging on the path alongside the soccer field. It then changed target to someone who was walking in front of me. After this, the bird returned and chased me with repeated attacks all the way onto the Northern Road.
Relatively quiet past week, Colin only swooped half heartedly, seemed to lack interest. However, this morning was back with renewed vigour! Swooped 3 times after announcing intentions quite vocally. No contact.
Was walking my kids and suddenly swooped from behind missed the first time and flew on the electric pole and attacked the second time on scalp. And then kept an eye on me throughout.
Twice attacked on the face, coming from behind.
I saw it fly towards me across the park, flew very low at possibly 1ft above ground.
Landed on the fence just in front, i looked at it too and walked past (never knew of such attacks).
All of a sudden something hit on my face, near eye, i realised it was the bird. I kept walking and it attacked again from behind, near mouth. I looked back at it, spoke to it... not to attack.
I started walking again but looked back to make sure it didn't start off again... that was it.
Realised i was hurt and blood on me fingers from face. Since there was no water around i used my spit to wipe the wounds until i took a uber home to Kogarah and washed clean with soap.
Interesting experience though â˜º
Now I've read up and understand better...
While riding up the hill from the corner of William Hovell Drive and Bindubi street (on the bike path alongside Bindubi St (near the Aranda bushland), there is a swooping magpie, about 200-300 metres from the corner. I have about 20 long black cable ties on my helmet and I think this helped -- the magpie swooped low three times but didn't make contact. Area best avoided! Apparently you can do this by taking the slightly longer route through the bush track, popping back out on the path partway down WH drive. This was at 3pm. Oddly, on my way down in the morning at about 11, there was nothing. I think someone said the same thing happened to them.
Walking along the footpath and one magpie on the ground started running towards me quickly, then flew up into the air and tried to attack my head. I started backing away down the path, next minute 4 other magpies flew towards and started trying to attack my head. Only got away by back up and then quickly crossing the street