Wheeling my bicycle down the ramp to go from Bayview Rd to The Esplanade and the ";walk the York "; track, 3 magpies alighted on the power-lines above me. As I continued, one began swooping. I turned and left as quickly as possible with the same one continuing its attack. After riding a short distance it stopped.
I was standing at the pedestrian crossing waiting to cross the road when I noticed a piping shriek (small magpie) hovering about one metre behind &; above my right shoulder. I turned my back to the bird then just as I was about to cross the road the bird swooped around and hit me straight in my right eye.
Injury sustained: full thickness laceration straight through the middle of the cornea with possible lens involvement &; high risk for infection, requiring hospital admission and emergency surgery, with 7 sutures to my cornea and some permanent vision loss.
Quite aggressive- one magpie probably went for me about 3 times, quite close but managed to duck while it went from pole to pole and attacked again. Then its friend came and joined in- another few attacks, quite aggressive still.
Twin attacks. One from behind and one from the front. Swooped the three of us on bikes. Came close but no hits. The one from the front looked aggressive but he veered upwards as he got closer.
Was walking north along the footpath adjacent to Henley Beach Primary School during my jog when the magpie started swooping. Ran back the other way and headed east along Lexington Road and it still continued to swoop. Attack stopped after I was 50m from my original position. No contact was made during the incident but it came close.