Riding along the cycle path towards Parramatta alongside Old Windsor Rd. Was heading towards the cross over walk/cycleway to cross to the other side of Old Windsor Rd towards the M7 Cycleway starting point.
This Magpie swooped from behind and clipped heavily on my ear. I kept riding for about 100m with this bugger swooping and me swinging my arm to scare him off. He persisted.
I do have some cable ties and a light mount on my helmet but they didn't seem to scare him off.
No accident occurred.
Riding the Gosnells Railway Line PSP with my commute buddy. Coming in low out of the cover of the gumtrees. Whack! First strike on the rear of the helmet- amateur effort. Second swoop much more committed, hit hard trying to grab a chunk of juicy ear. Third strike I had time to accelerate and duck and weave a bit. Fourth strike near the bridge it gave up. Heâ€™s well set up in the killing zone as this is a dedicated cycle path with no other clear options to avoid.
Heading north on bike path alongside Old Windsor Road (near Francesco Crescent Reserve) first swoop clipped back of helmet and nipped me on the left ear (drawing blood). Magpie made about another 4 swoops as I rode slowly/walked out of the area. The Strava segment makes reference to the swooping magpie.
3 magpies were attacking children during their tee ball game this morning. The same 3 children were being swooped during the game and 1 girl was swooped 15 times during the hour that she played.
I have never seen magpies be so aggressive to attack within a large group. The players were not near their trees and often the magpies would pass over 5 closer people to attack the same children who were playing the furthest away from them.
The children had to wear helmets whilst fielding to protect them and the magpies did make contact with the helmets several times.
Other people walking past the oval were also swooped by the same magpies.
I was punched hard in the left cheekbone from behind causing a deep 2cm scratch and drawing blood. It then came back for a second hit on the same side adding an extra puncher above (more blood!). Three days later my cheek is still swollen and bruised... I donâ€™t think the bird was a magpie but it is very aggressive and very dangerous at such a popular location!