PSA: Magpie Season Is Upon Us And These Pictures Prove It
They're back, and they're as terrifying as ever.
It's that time of the year again folks: magpies are out and about and they're coming for you.
A Brisbane-based group "Drone Shots" captured these pics when a magpie decided it didn't like their drone taking up it's flying space above Indooroopilly and we're taking it as our official warning that the bastards are out and about and ready to attack!
Typically, swooping season starts some time from late August to early-mid October and it's because a small number of birds become highly aggressive during mating season.
Read: male magpies get mad and swoop you because their testosterone levels spike when it's time to make baby magpies.
This often leads to terrifying encounters when pedestrians and cyclists pass by a little bit too close to magpie nests and then papa magpie decides to defend his family.
Really, there's no way to figure out whether you're near a magpie nest except to assume they're everywhere and never actually leave your house.
There used to be a super helpful website called Magpie Alert! that even gave Aussies an interactive map to check out where the latest attacks had taken place, but unfortunately, they're not up and running anymore, so you're all on your own!
There are a couple of tips you can follow, thanks to Magpie Alert! to try and protect yourself against an attack so we'd suggest studying this list closely:
- If you are swooped while cycling, get off of your bicycle, a large number of injuries are caused by accidents where cyclists fall off during an attack.
- Keep an ear open for their distinctive calls.
- It is important to try to stay calm. If you panic and flap then this is more likely to appear as aggressive behaviour and provoke a further attack.
- Wear sunglasses and with a large wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and eyes.
- Face the magpie.
TERRIFYING.They tend to attack from behind so facing them should avert an attack. Remember to keep facing the bird as you walk out of their territory some birds will swoop as soon as you look away.
Featured Image: Getty