Swoop! There it is

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

UPON hear­ing re­ports of this un­re­lent­ing mag­pie in Ersk­ine Park, I thought it would be a good idea to see what all the fuss was about — I was wrong.

It was 10am and I was on a mis­sion: to walk through Spica Re­serve in Ersk­ine Park and emerge un­scathed.

I be­gan walk­ing slowly, keep­ing an eye out for the mag­pie and then I spot­ted it on the ground.

I kept walk­ing down the path and then watched it fly up, it was hov­er­ing omi­nously above my head but didn’t seem both­ered by me.

Walk­ing up and down the path for about 10 min­utes, I was ready to give up and call the whole mag­pie swoop­ing thing a hoax.

I spot­ted its nest and al­most in­stantly the bird hit me. I quickly threw my hands up and screamed. I then turned to see its red beady eyes had spot­ted me again. I ducked and it struck me in the front of my head, this time draw­ing blood.

I clutched my head and ad­mit­ted de­feat, the mag­pie was the clear win­ner. Hob­bling back to my car I vowed never to go back.

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