Magpies – an expert’s view on The Bicycle Show

Have you been swooped this season?  I have!  There’s a particularly bad one in Cambra Road, Belmont, where I go every week.  It swoops two cyclists that I know of – multiple swoops each time you ride up or down the street.  Cable ties keep it from hitting my helmet, and I vent my feelings verbally.

Heather, Angelika and Maria had a ‘maggie expert’ talking about bird psychology on Saturday’s show.  John has now processed this as a pod cast and you can listen to the show on .  Or listen to next week’s show at 11am on Saturday on The Pulse 94.7 FM.

Let us know what you think, and what works for you as magpie repellent. magpie_crEgoGuiotto_main

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About hlyth2013

I run websites for The Choral Grapevine (a regional newsletter for choirs in Western Victoria and South-Eastern South Australia) and Cycling Geelong (a recreational cycling group). I am an artist and photographer, musician and recreational cyclist.

1 thought on “Magpies – an expert’s view on The Bicycle Show

  1. If I recall correctly it was either CSIRO or ANU did some lunch time experiments on birds swooping cyclists. Their findings showed that the only successful avoidance method was NOT to wear a helmet. Next was a wig that covered the helmet. Cable ties of course failed in stopping the bird swooping. Just take your helmet off in bird territory. A dilemma. (This may have been on ABC Catalyst)

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