Swooping magpies, Australia? Really?

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  1. LtDave32

    LtDave32 Sua Sponte Super Mod Premium Member

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    What the hell is going on down there?

    Why is it there, one finds this stuff?

    "swooping magpies"? Really guys? When is enough, "enough"?

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    Evidently, there is a season when magpies swoop down and attack people. Especially bike riders, according to what I've investigated.

    Also according to what I've read, they prefer to attack when they are NOT being watched, so you've got stealth-ninja swooping magpies. They hit you when you aren't expecting them to.

    Friggin' stealth ninja dive-bombing magpies.

    What the hell is going on down there?
     
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    --R :D
     
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    redjunior Senior Member

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    Them dang drop-bears been breedin' with EVERYTHING..........
     
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    Yup Australia, beautiful country but the wildlife can kill ya! :)
     
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    lancpudn Senior Member

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    It's that Skull island thing again.

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    Its really not a problem and you do get used to wearing a helmet after a while...sort of~

    They are a bit hot in Summer though!
     
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    That’s nothing Dave. You should see the bloody Minor Birds now that it’s Spring & they are nesting.

    They are driving us crazy when we go for a walk with our Ridgeback.

    Strewth!

    Cheers, Rudi.
     
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    You blokes have made me realise just how lucky I am to have made 71. Thank you for opening my eyes.
     
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    lemmy loud Senior Member

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    That is awesome!!!
    Crows/Magpies/Corvids are incredibly smart. They can use tools and have speech mechanisms far more advanced and complicated than a
    humans. They can mimic birds and people. They remember faces, and as you mentioned, will "attack" someone they know as an unfriendly face.
    Very cool!
     
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    Swooping? I always preferred the strutting kind.
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    Their singing is both beautiful and melodic!

     
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    At my last house we had 2 maggies that always would join us for breakfast in the backyard. They would sit on the fence and wait for us to come outside, we could feed them by hand
     
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    Rich Non sequitur Premium Member

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    I didn't expect this thread to be literally about birds, I thought that "swooping magpies" was some sort of colloquialism like "Holy Toledo!" or "Jumping Jehosafats" or "Great googly moogly!"

     
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    some can even produce the tools prior to using them.
     
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    :D
     
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    Yeah I was particularly impressed with that torsion wrench the other day~
     
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    A Magpie story!

    We were down on the coast at our holiday spot with a group of friends when a magpie hobbled past tangled hopelessly in discarded fishing line! It was tightly wrapped around both legs and inbetween them tying them together.

    Clever Carolyn caught it with a beach towel and held it head covered upside down while I teased the line out with a sticky sharp fishing hook. It took a little while but eventually we got the line off the poor thing without hurting it and released it gently.

    10 minutes later a whole group of Magpies came and sat on a nearby branch and sang us the most beautiful songs. Karma isn't always a bitch!
     
  18. LtDave32

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    It was a ruse, so you wouldn't notice the drop-bear.

    I think they're all working together. 67 lb spideys, giant crocks, six-foot centipedes, snakes that drop out of trees, death adders, red-bellied black snakes, drop-bears, weird fishy-things with needle-long teeth..

    house flies with seven-foot wingspans, caterpillars the size of a softball, bumblebees that can pick you up and drop you in the next county, kangaroos that can knock the daylights out of you, dingoes that eat your babies, ostriches that can peck a four-inch hole in you, taipans, box jellyfish, great whites, ants like bulls, ticks that paralyze..

    Humor aside, that was a really nice thing you did. And you were serenaded accordingly. That was a nice thing for them to do..

    Good story.
     
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    Apart from the last paragraph (thank you) there was more than one "Crock" in what you just said ....grin~
     
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    Haha its real. Although not as common as you'd think.

    Magpies have extremely good memories. One theory is that they see you and you look like someone who has given them shit before (maybe that person threw a rock at them etc). Or maybe you actually WERE that person who hassled them before!

    Some cyclists now attach cable ties to their helmets as a deterrent.

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