Fearless cyclist offers advice on swooping magpies as a Sydney suburb decides to cull them

A fearless cyclist has offered his top tips for dealing with swooping magpies during the springtime season after a council in Sydney decided to cull the menacing birds.

Shane Miller shared a video on YouTube detailing how he calmly dealt with a swooping magpie along a countryside road in Victoria as part of his training to prepare for the swooping season ahead.

In the footage the avid cyclist stopped on the side of the road as a magpie sitting on the power line above him prepared to attack.

Mr Miller looked back at the bird and said: ‘We’ve got ourselves a stand-off.’ 

Shane Miller posted a video on Youtube where he calmly dealt with a magpie alongside a countryside road in Victoria as training for the swooping season ahead

Shane Miller posted a video on Youtube where he calmly dealt with a magpie alongside a countryside road in Victoria as training for the swooping season ahead

As soon as he began to pedal away slowly, the magpie started to swoop at the back of his head and fly above him for several hundred metres.

Mr Miller captured the swooping magpie from his rear camera for over a minute while he cycled until it stopped.

‘This one always seems to swoop twice. It’s much better going in the other direction [along the road] where I can see the shadow on the ground,’ Mr Miller said.

Mr Miller mentioned that one of his followers thought he was torturing the magpies, but he insisted that was not the case

Mr Miller mentioned that one of his followers thought he was torturing the magpies, but he insisted that was not the case

The outdoorsman said this magpie was very persistent, as he began to loop two more times along the same road in the magpie’s ‘zone’ to face the menacing bird again for his training.

‘He’s not hitting. It’s all just practice,’ said Mr Miller as the bird started his attack one last time.

Mr Miller mentioned that one of his followers thought he was torturing the magpies, but he insisted that was not the case.

It is best to cover your ears and neck as they are ‘scratch zones’ where the birds can easily attack you, he offered by way of advice.

Sunglasses also help to offer extra protection despite the birds almost always attacking a person from behind. 

Mr Miller concluded that eye contact is crucial as the birds won’t swoop or come too close if a person is looking at them, and if a person also raises their hand, it would stop the magpie from attacking.

The fearless cyclist shared tips for dealing with magpies such as wearing protective gear that covers your ears, neck and eyes as well as making sure to hold eye contact with the bird

The fearless cyclist shared tips for dealing with magpies such as wearing protective gear that covers your ears, neck and eyes as well as making sure to hold eye contact with the bird

The swooping season has been particularly horrifying in recent months, with a young mother tragically losing her baby after she tripped in a Brisbane park in August following a magpie attack.

A suburban Sydney street has also dealt with a pair of vicious magpies terrorising local residents, which has caused the local council to cull the menacing birds.

Dozens of locals on Johnston Crescent in Sydney’s Lane Cove have been left with cuts and bruises after encounters with the native Australian birds.

Eight magpie attacks were reported in August alone along the quiet street on website Magpie Alert. 

The recent attacks have led Lane Cove Council to obtain a ‘licence-to-harm’ from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which allows the birds to be culled. 

The ‘licence-to-harm’ is valid until December 1, with the council yet to nominate an animal control contractor.

Lane Cove Council obtained a 'licence-to-harm' last week issued by the National Parks and Wildlife Service after recent attacks on residents in a Lane Cove street (stock image)

Lane Cove Council obtained a ‘licence-to-harm’ last week issued by the National Parks and Wildlife Service after recent attacks on residents in a Lane Cove street (stock image)

TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING MAGPIES DURING SWOOPING SEASON 

– Cover your ears as magpies will scratch that area 

– Cover your neck, it is another scratch zone for the magpies

– Although magpies always attack from behind, wearing sunglasses offer extra protection 

– Make sure to make eye contact with magpies as they won’t swoop or come too close if you are looking at them 

– Raise a hand – This will usually prevent them from attacking you

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