An­gry birds take aim at Aus­tralian new­ly­weds

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

At first glance, it is the per­fect im­age of new­ly­wed bliss: the hus­band and wife press­ing their heads to­gether, en­joy­ing a mo­ment of idyl­lic calm.

Then you spot the mag­pie, its beak aim­ing for their heads with laser­like pre­ci­sion.

How­ever, this is not a scene from clas­sic hor­ror film The Birds, but the wed­ding of Phillip and Sara Maria in New South Wales, Aus­tralia, who just hap­pened to an­noy some very an­gry birds with their choice of pic­ture lo­ca­tion.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Karen Parr re­vealed how two mag­pies “work­ing as a team” be­gan swoop­ing on the group as soon as they got out the car fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony on 8 Oc­to­ber.

But be­cause they had driven for half an hour to reach this par­tic­u­larly pic­turesque spot, there was noth­ing the bridal party could do but carry on - de­spite the dan­ger.

With a grooms­man yelling warn­ings ev­ery time the mag­pies took aim, the shoot be­gan.

“I think we prob­a­bly got swooped about 20 times. It was quite scary at the time. We were curs­ing the birds,” Ms Parr re­called.

Luck­ily, the new Mr and Mrs Maria were quite calm about the sit­u­a­tion. “She was an amaz­ing bride. They just rolled with it.” But the pho­tog­ra­pher, who has been tak­ing wed­ding pic­tures for nine years, ad­mit­ted she prob­a­bly was not quite as re­laxed.

“He went for me a few times. I prob­a­bly screamed a lit­tle bit loud,” she said.

De­spite the al­most con­stant on­slaught, Ms Parr only man­aged to cap­ture the bird in per­fect ac­tion on one oc­ca­sion - and these pic­tures are the re­sult.

“The groom in par­tic­u­lar was quite chuffed with it - he made it his Face­book pro­file pic­ture straight away,” she said.

Aus­tralian mag­pies are known to at­tack peo­ple dur­ing August and Septem­ber - a pe­riod of time nick­named “swoop­ing sea­son” - while their chicks are in the nest.

Last year, there were 801 at­tacks in New South Wales alone, ac­cord­ing to Daily Mail Aus­tralia.

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