Intrepid cyclist gives his best tips for dealing with emergent magpies during the spring season – after a council decided to TAKE UP the menacing bird
- Shane Miller posted a YouTube video on how to deal with emerging magpies
- Cyclist was constantly attacked for hundreds of meters on a road in Victoria
- Mr Miller said protective clothing helps prevent magpies from scratching you
- He also said that eye contact is crucial because the threatening birds will not approach
- This comes as Lane Cove Council in Sydney has decided to kill the mean birds
- Council obtained ‘licence-to-harm’ after attacks on residents in quiet street
An intrepid cyclist has shared his top tips for dealing with emerging magpies during the spring season after a Sydney council decided to kill the threatening birds.
Shane Miller shared a video on YouTube in which he describes calmly dealing with a diving magpie along a rural road in Victoria as part of his training to prepare for the upcoming diving season.
In the footage, the eager cyclist stopped on the side of the road as a magpie perched on the power line above him prepared to attack.
Mr. Miller looked back at the bird and said, “We’re at a stalemate.”
Shane Miller posted a video to YouTube of calmly interacting with a magpie along a Victorian country road as training for the upcoming diving season
As soon as he began to kick away slowly, the magpie began to dive toward the back of his head and fly hundreds of feet above him.
Mr Miller captured the shooting magpie for over a minute with his reversing camera as he cycled until he stopped.
“This one always seems to dive twice. It’s much better to go the other way [along the road] where I can see the shadow on the ground,” said Mr. Miller.
Mr Miller said one of his followers thought he was torturing the magpies but insisted he wasn’t
The outdoorsman said this magpie was very persistent, when he started looping two more times along the same path in the magpie’s ‘zone’ to face the menacing bird again for his training.
‘He doesn’t hit. It’s all just practice,” Mr. Miller said as the bird launched its last attack.
Mr. Miller said that one of his followers thought he was torturing the magpies, but he insisted that was not the case.
It’s best to cover your ears and neck, as they’re “scratching zones” where the birds can easily attack you, he advised.
Sunglasses also help to provide extra protection, despite the birds almost always attacking a person from behind.
Mr. Miller concluded that eye contact is crucial, as the birds will not dive or get too close if a person looks at them, and if a person also raises their hand, it would deter the magpie from attacking.
The intrepid cyclist shared tips for handling magpies, such as wearing protective gear that covers your ears, neck and eyes and making sure to maintain eye contact with the bird
The diving season has been particularly gruesome in recent months, with a young mother tragically losing her baby after stumbling in a Brisbane park in August following a magpie attack.
A Sydney suburban street has also seen a pair of vicious magpies terrorizing local residents, prompting the council to kill off the menacing birds.
Dozens of residents of Johnston Crescent in Sydney’s Lane Cove have suffered cuts and bruises after encounters with the native Australian birds.
Eight magpie attacks were reported on the Magpie Alert website in August alone.
The recent attacks have resulted in Lane Cove Council being granted a ‘licence-to-harm’ from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, allowing for the culling of the birds.
The ‘licence-to-harm’ is valid until December 1, at which time the municipality has yet to appoint an animal control contractor.
Lane Cove Council obtained a ‘licence-to-harm’ from the National Parks and Wildlife Service last week following recent attacks on residents on a Lane Cove street (stock image)
TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING MAGIC DURING THE SWOOP SEASON
– Cover your ears as magpies will scratch that area
– Cover your neck, it’s another scratch zone for the magpies
– Although magpies always attack from behind, wearing sunglasses offers extra protection
– Make sure to make eye contact with magpies as they won’t dive or get too close if you look at them
– Raise a hand – This will usually prevent them from attacking you