Struck me 4 times with beak. I've been riding for the last month and this is the first time I've come into contact with him. I now ride up through the university, not much of a detour.
Magpie on ground to the right of the bike-path flew-up to a tree as I approached and then had one lazy swoop from behind as I passed.
I don't think his heart was in it.
Very aggressive pair of magpies attacked me as soon as I went outside. This had also occurred the previous evening, when they were clearly defending a young bird learning to fly, which had landed next door. Before that no problems. But others have clearly also been attacked because while I was fending off this morning's attacks, a woman walked past me on Corroboree Park, hunched-up under a black umbrella, with no rain in sight.
My husband was walking the dog with our 2 children, the children were on a bike and a scooter ahead of him. The children were both swooped with the magpie making contact with their helmets. The magpie swooped from a ground position, not above them and stopped when my husband approached with a large branch. It only swooped the children while on their bike and scooter.
I was zooming along on top gear, slowing down because I was getting close to the road, when it darted out of the bushes and started the chase. I slowed down and look back to see if he was going to swoop. He did but i narrowly escaped by crossing the empty road.
Heading south on Cockle St toward Black Mountain School. Persistent swooping and close follow for 100-150m. A number of strikes to the helmet, and snapping beak. A cranky one! No injury or contact other than helmet.
This guy appears have only started swooping (or just me) in the last few days. No swooping last week on the same route.