Swooping season here
It’s that time of year again when only eyes in the back of your head will save you from the dreaded swooping birds.
Some bird species, particularly magpies, have already become territorial and are swooping passersby as part of their normal breeding behaviour.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) senior wildlife officer Gary Dash said the first incidents of magpies swooping had been reported over the past few weeks.
‘‘Being swooped by a territorial bird is no fun, but this is just normal bird behaviour and, if possible, the best response is to keep away from the area,’’ he said.
‘‘If you do end up in an area where there is a swooping bird, try to protect your head and eyes and move quickly through the area.
‘‘They are swooping to defend their eggs and young and if they perceive you to be a potential threat, they may swoop.
‘‘Some of the places where people are most likely to be swooped are public spaces such as parks, particularly where there are tall eucalypts.’’
Native birds, such as magpies, are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975, and can not be harmed.
DELWP is encouraging people to notify others in their local area about swooping birds by reporting a swooping incident by any species of bird on Victoria’s magpie map at www.wildlife.vic.gov.au/ managing-wildlife/ swooping-birds
Watch out: Magpies have started to swoop early this season.