I laughed tonight on my ride, as I did efforts this morning and a "spin" this afternoon on my time trial bike and I rode past a paddock full of young calves and another with some lambs and then I saw a rabbit tearing across the road like he was on a mission and in my mind I was all gushy about how wonderful nature is.....and how cute animals are...then my piece of solitude was DESTROYED by the magpie that has made his home along our RAAF base loop as he nose dived for my head.........nothing beats looking around to see a HUGE magpie flying behind you about one metre away from your head. Screaming at this guy just didnt work (I think he was laughing on the inside)
Spring it is the season for magpie swooping, there are three vicious ones that we have found so far on our rides, they peck helmets and land on helmets with a mission to attack (not like the rabbit mission of running.....). There are two types of magpies around here, the ones that swoop as a warning and the ones that are more like suicide bombers that have one thing on their minds and if you are riding along unaware and in your own world thinking about life, a BIG FAT magpie colliding with your helmet will bring you into reality very quickly. Dangers of magpies are; they scare you, they can hurt you and can distract you from watching where you are going, which we all would agree is not a good thing.