To: Stuart Harris <>
Subject: swooped.....lightly
From: Fleur Leary <>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:52:56 +0000
In addition to magpies I have been swooped by Red wattle birds, magpie larks and masked lapwings - the latter are the worst as they are very persistent and have that awful strident vocalising while they are doing it! 

On Wed., 28 Oct. 2020, 12:07 am Stuart Harris, <> wrote:

Been a while, though today on my bike ride I encountered a couple of avian events worth sharing. Firstly, not 200m from home, I thought my helmet clipped some tree foliage lightly, so kept riding, another 10m and same again, no tree! Where's the magpie? The third swoop, like clockwork, was light again and this time I saw the culprit: A Red Wattlebird! Its fourth attempt was foiled as I turned around at the lights where it was bearing down on me from 180° to my rear. Last year I was swooped by a Pied Currawong near Lake Ginninderra so these admirable protective efforts are not confined to the infamous Australian Magpie. Has anyone had other experiences of local swooping from other species?
Secondly, riding (slowly) uphill through CSIRO, I heard the indicative raucous of birds chasing off a raptor. The raptor was a Little Eagle which perched high in the old pines near the National Soil Archives.

Stuart Harris
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