To: Susan Robertson <>
Subject: swooped.....lightly
From: Fleur Leary <>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 05:15:59 +0000
And just after I reported on all the birds that had swooped me over the years I was swooped this morning for the first time by a white winged Chough on O'Connor Ridge. 

On Wed., 28 Oct. 2020, 3:51 pm Susan Robertson, <> wrote:

Noisy Miners have been aggressive to both humans and other birds around Anzac Parade as they raise their young.  They are becoming increasingly dominant here throughout the year.

Susan Robertson



From: Stuart Harris [
Sent: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 12:06 AM
To: canberrabirds
Subject: [Canberrabirds] swooped.....lightly




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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