Magpies - another approach from The Conversation

Here's an approach that is probably better for magpies than trying to hit them as I used to do. Although I disagree with the writer about the first swoop being a warning. I was recently hit in the head by one on its first swoop although it didn't hurt much and wasn't a drama. I don't know why I was so worried about magpies in the past.

https://theconversation.com/magpies-can-form-friendships-with-peopl...

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This guy is an idiot. 

Sure.. I'd consider investing in developing an bird friendship with a magpie in my back yard.

I too have found that if I stop.. and look directly at the magpie they won't attack me. There was one that had attacked me.. and I even went to the point of feeding it and looking at it and generally hanging with it.

What did it do as soon as I got on a bike and turned my head away from it? It tried to tear my ear off (again).

So, given it's spring, and there are several nasty magpies on my routes.. should I stop and make friends with all of them? Should I do rides to visit them? WTF? Idiot. 

and it sure make for a long commute..

should I stop and make friends with all of them? Should I do rides to visit them? WTF?

Get a 2 wheel 'bent :-)

Problem solved.

With a pram hood....

So I got a message from a mate this morning. She's new to commuting and it's something that she has to work at. She's been doing really well of late.

Anyway, message says magpie attack resulting in an OTB crash. It's unclear whether she has teeth damage or the extent of her other injuries. 

It just makes me so mad that BCC won't destroy (there you go I said it) magpies that attack people riding bikes at the very least on major commute routes.

These birds aren't endangered. However cycling is dangerous enough. This period when they are active seems to be extending each year. For any other mode of transport this would be unacceptable - but for riding it's considered that if you don't want to risk it just drive. 

Let's not forget that the driving of cars kills far far more native (and not native animals) that if you culled aggressive magpies. (how many dead possums do you see?)

Let's not forget that the driving of cars kills far far more native (and not native animals) that if you culled aggressive magpies. (how many dead possums do you see?)

Fair point. Let's hope your friend is ok.

I think it's a great point. It's acceptable to accidentally kill natives with cars.. but cull a few to enable people to use bikes safely and the world goes mad.

Turns out it's OK for BCC to "manage" the population of equally protected ibis. 

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/brisbane-news/brisbane-s-ibis-popu...

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