Magpie season not over yet

Don't become the victim of a magpie attack.
Don't become the victim of a magpie attack.

Australia is commonly known as “The Lucky Country” for many reasons.

We have an outstanding variety of weather, internationally recognized landmarks and an action-packed AFL grand final to look forward to.

However, Australia should be greater recognised for having five seasons a year: autumn, winter, spring, summer and swooping season.

For those fortunate enough to have not ever experienced this event, swooping season is a time of year when most of our local magpies have produced several offspring.

This by itself isn’t much of an issue, the real problem occurs when the overly-protective parent magpies decide to start being pro-active about their duties as parents.

These parental duties predominantly involve flying down and ‘swooping’ any innocent bike riders or joggers unlucky enough to find themselves near a magpie’s nest.

Some consider ‘swooping’ to be a minor annoyance that only lasts for few months each year, but I consider swooping season to be an utmost painful time.

My past experiences of being swooped mainly involve my daily ride to and from school.

These rides were made so dangerous from the total of three magpies hell-bent on protecting their nests in a paranoid manner.

I can recall my worst collision with a magpie also involved a rough collision with the ground, as I was unable to stay steady and upright while riding with an unprofessional strafing technique.

This incident encouraged and inspired me to explore effective ways of warding off the more aggressive magpies.

My rough research into this matter concluded that successful methods include waving a stick in the air or even yelling at the bird like a lunatic.

I wouldn’t suggest that any of these methods be used as deterrents for other aggressive Australian animals such as drop bears.

Jonty Nokes is undertaking work experience at the Barossa Herald this week.