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Absolutely terrified this yeat


So most years I don't get swooped this year however from the moment I leave my house till I return I get swooped constantly it's gotten to the point that I won't go out side until very late at night or if I have to during the day I have to get a lift

On a 5 minute walk to the shops I got swooped 15-16 times I've tried every route and no matter what I get Swooped

There needs to be a technology or a pheromone that the council could use to stop it happening

Helmet mods to deter the aerial foe


So here is my contribution about helmet modification. After reading various attack remedies here, I thought why not try some different ideas myself.

My rides are often 80k+ crisscrossing Sydney and suburbia. Maggie attacks are frequent and nerve racking but part of the outing in Spring.

Cable ties have been my "go too" over the years but alas my opponents are gaining the upper hand.

So ….

Modification 1: A bright Zetco 80 rear light mounted towards back of helmet. It lasts about 5 hours and in full strobe can be blinding in daylight.

Modification 2: Two half circle mirrors contoured and curved above the ears. The mirrors are ex computer HDD polished aluminium. Attached to the helmet with double sided velcro for quick removal. (DVD and CD's just not suitable when you start cutting the shape)

The cable ties have been shortened and minimised. Now for a ride.

Could this be a solution?


I have just Velcroed some old DVDs, one on each side of my helmet. The logic is that the strange reflections coming off a CD or DVD surface play havoc with the eyesight of the attacking bird. This is the same logic as bird repellent type which has the same confusing patterns....

Flags deterant


Please use a flag when riding a bike in magpie areas......I ride a recumbent trike and have never been swooped or dive bombed.....magpies have excellent memores and will remember your face from season to season.....

They will also attack from the front not only the tear...we have experienced that..no amount of zippy ties or helmet streamers will stop a determined magpie....flags will on the rear of your bike......

Using an Umbrella


I have been using an umbrella near the areas I know they are swooping - so far so good. Yes, it might look silly having an umbrella on a sunny day but its only for a few meters. It's better than being hit or losing an eye.

Look after your self


I'm a regular bike rider around the Wynnum Manly and northern Redlands. I've have the fortunate experience of having magpie attacks all the time over there nesting season. What's this "fortunate"? I wear the correct PPE when on the bike. Bike helmet, protective wrap around safety glasses and finally velco-on-to-the-helmet ear protection flaps (cut out from 3 litre milk bottle). ...

Do Maggies swoop at sunset or at night?


I'm prepared to do more night riding if it means avoiding those testosterone-infused dive bombers. Has anyone out there been swooped at night? I'm a 55-year-old man who still has episodes of being curled up in the fetal position in the shower remembering an attack when I was 10yo. It was like an attack from the movie 'Birds'.

Ditch the CABLETIES!!!


When I ride, I never wear cable ties, instead I listen to the Chirp of the magpie, they make a sound before they attack, the sound is very loud, I listen to my rock music in my headphones and still hear it. Here's what to do when you hear the chirp:

1. Pause your music

2. Locate the Magpies with your eyes

3. Get of the bike and walk it

4. While walking stare at the magpie the whole time, DO NOT take your eyes of it.

5. When your 50-80m away from it, get back on your bike slowly and ride

Attacks and councils


The tragic death of a child after it fell when its mother was attacked in a park in Brisbane reminds us that being attacked by magpies is highly distressing for some people. In an earlier era before almost universal car ownership, and far more adults, particularly mothers and older people walked around councils and territory governments used to get rid of the minority of magpies that were attacking people. We live in a more sentimental age where most people drive or are driven everywhere and people imagine magpies are a part of our natural landscape. In reality they thrive in the tree'd urban. garden rich in meat that is of our own creation. They are beautiful birds with a beautiful sound, but they should not be allowed to cause distress and force people to give up walking or cycling where they need to go. If there are magpies seriously disturbing your life or that of others, don't settle for a sign that will just encourage people to drive or drive their kids instead . Get council to move them before someone is hurt, and if there is resistance remind them of the child in Brisbane,. .

3d printed bike helmet bird spikes


After discovering the joy of swooping birds I decided to discourage the little avians after seeing a similar home made effort. Seems to have worked the last two times through a known danger zone. You can also download and print it yourself from here:


Yeppoon Cycling Tips And Tricks


When you are cycling in Yeppoon, there are two vicious magpies swooping

1. Towards the roundabout, in the trees

2. At the public access to the beach

Here are three tips to stop them killing you when you are riding...

Do Magpies Swoop In The Rain?


I love my riding and this year I seem to be a magpie magnet. I was hit four times last weekend. It was a constant ambush on the back of the helmet. I found that playing music out loud on my phone sort of worked. But anyway, any experience on magpies swooping in the rain?

Tomorrow is forecast to be heavy rain, now that doesn't bother me, but does it bother the magpies? I cannot find anything online about it. Do people have experience of magpies in the rain?

Need some advise



We have a really aggressive magpie near our house and it swoops real bad. I have tried everything that I have seen on this site but nothing has stopped it swooping us. I have got quite a large phobia of magpies, spring or not, and I really need something to stop it or I won’t be able to enjoy riding. If anyone has anything, absolutely anything, that could help, can you please write it in the comments.

Thanks, cha cha



My suggestion is for cyclists mainly but it could work for walkers if they wear a brimmed hat which I do when bushwalking. Apparently walkers are less likely to be attacked as we cyclists are being advised to walk our bikes through the danger area....

How to stay one step ahead of a potential bird attack


One thing that has helped me with a warning of a magpie present is that on a clear day you can see its reflection on the road surface which can be invaluable as it can buy you some time that's if it does decide to swoop.

It may just give you that one vital second or two to see the sign & take cover.



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