Species that have swooped me

To: "'Ace Frawley'" <>, "'Cog line'" <>
Subject: Species that have swooped me
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:00:45 +1100

I have had a Magpie-lark land on the top of my head and then slide down my face, drawing blood. Admittedly I was in a tree banding the birds nestlings. Willie Wagtails are always pretty good at putting up fierce resistance near their nest as are Grey Fantails. Indeed most black and white birds are good at defending their nests. Mist netting species can have its hazards as I have been attached removing a young White-winged Chough from a net – several of the adults actually hit me. There are probably a few others that I will think of at some later stage.




From: Ace Frawley [
Sent: Wednesday, 31 December 2014 4:45 PM
To: Cog line
Subject: [canberrabirds] Species that have swooped me


I was swooped by a Noisy Friarbird today as I paused to watch it feeding its young in the nest.  This is the first time I've been swooped by this species, which got me thinking of all those which have.  I'm sure others will have more, but for me, so far, this is the list of birds that I can remember swooping me:


Australian Magpie

Masked Lapwing

Brown  Goshawk

Pied Currawong

Dusky Woodswallow

Red Wattlebird

Noisy Friarbird

Noisy Miner


I would be interested in hearing what encounters others have had.

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