Protecting your baby is second nature to most people and it’s the same for most other animals.
That’s why people around the region are being asked to be careful when doing outdoor activities as the infamous magpie swooping season begins.
August to October is the time of year the birds are nesting and laying eggs, which leads to their protective nature coming out.
The Department of Environment and Water say males will attack anything they consider a threat, from another bird to a dog or human.
They say the best way to avoid the magpies wrath is to stay at least 50 metres away from known magpie nesting areas.
Here are some of the Department of Environment and Water’s tactics to avoid being swooped:
- Travel in groups, as swooping birds usually only target individuals.
- Carry an open umbrella above your head.
- Wear sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat.
- If you ride a bike, walk it through magpie territory or have a flag on the back of the bike that is higher than your head.
- Do not act aggressively. If you wave your arms about or shout, the magpies will see you as a threat to the nest – and not just this year, but for up to five years to come.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Avoid making eye contact with the birds.
- If you know of an area that has swooping magpies, put a sign up to warn passers-by.