Just picked up new bike in Phillip and was riding along path from Melrose Drive (near Parramatta st) through Chifley to pick up shared path running along Tuggeranong Pkwy near base of Mt Taylor. Swooped by 2 different birds within about 500 mtrs and both times the birds continued attack 3 or 4 times.
I was swooped by a magpie that made no noise ie no clacking of beak or wing noise and so took me by complete surprise. He made contact below my helmet. Luckily I was wearing a headband under my helmet as contact was made with his beak and I suspect he would have broken the skin otherwise. A friend was also swooped by the same offending magpie and he made contact with her helmet and head numerous times. Avoid riding along this stretch of road if you can.