Swoop­ing sea­son well un­der way in re­gion

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) is re­mind­ing res­i­dents that some bird species may swoop peo­ple as part of their nor­mal breed­ing be­hav­iour.

DELWP pro­gram man­ager com­pli­ance op­er­a­tions, Greg Chant said the first in­ci­dents of birds swoop­ing at lo­ca­tions in Hume have been re­ported over the past month.

“We have al­ready had re­ports of Plovers, Mud­larks and Aus­tralian Mag­pies swoop­ing peo­ple,” he said.

“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.

“As the weather starts to warm up, birds start breed­ing and we want peo­ple to be aware of swoop­ing birds.

“Some of the places where peo­ple are most likely to be swooped are pub­lic spa­ces such as parks par­tic­u­larly where there are tall eu­ca­lypts.

“Peo­ple should re­mem­ber not to harm na­tive birds as they are pro­tected un­der the Wildlife Act 1975,” Mr Chant 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.

“DELWP en­cour­ages peo­ple to share in­for­ma­tion about swoop­ing birds by log­ging their en­counter on our swoop map,” Mr Chant said.

To re­port a swoop­ing in­ci­dent by any species of bird on Vic­to­ria’s swoop­ing bird map, visit delwp.vic.gov.au/en­vi­ron­ment-and­wildlife/wildlife/swoop­ing-birds

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