Divebomber Magpies

Subject: Divebomber Magpies
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 95 17:42:56 
Hi Everyone

Last week's Talk to the Animals show had a segment on divebombing magpies and 
I thought I'd relate two of my own experiences.

Experience No. 1
Many years ago I was walking through Hyde Park.  At this stage I hadn't taken 
up birdwatching and knew nothing about divebombing magpies, but enjoyed 
looking at birds.  Consequently when a magpie started flying straight towards 
me, I thought "isn't is nice to see him flying.....".  He was coming straight 
at my face (not from behind) and as he got closer I started thinking "ooh, 
he's coming close" and finally "ooh, duck!!"  Unless he was going to curve up 
at the last second, I'm sure he would have pecked me in the face.  My heart 
certainly jumped.

Experience No. 2
Far more recently my friend Sheila Witt and I were birdwatching in a park on 
the banks of the Parramatta River in Meadowbank.  We had our binoculars and 
were obviously birdwatchers.  As we wandered along, at least three people came 
up to us and complained mightily about a vicious magpie at the end of the park 
(I don't know what they thought we could do about it!).  Well we decided to go 
and look for this magpie as Sheila had never seen a divebomber, and sure 
enough as we approached the spot, the magpie swooped down on a bloke and 
clipped him on the head. The bloke shook his fist at the maggie, picked up a 
stick and threw it at the bird up in the tree.  (That would have helped!)

Note that we didn't have hats on.  When Sheila and I got close to the tree, we 
looked up at the magpie and said to him "you won't divebomb us, will you?  you 
know we're birdwatchers that don't mean you any harm".  And the magpie left us 

Happy birding
Irene Denton
Sydney   NSW

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