Magpies warbling is one of the most familiar and endearing sounds of Australian wildlife, yet the whooshing sounds of a swooping magpie approaching fills most with dread.
With spring officially here, breeding season for native birds is underway, and swooping of unsuspecting humans (and dogs) begins.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Forest and Wildlife officer Phuong Tran, said bird swooping is part of life in Australia, as we share our environment with native wildlife.
“Swooping occurs every year during breeding season and is largely a defensive action carried out by some male birds when we come within close range of eggs or fledgling birds,” she said.
“They are simply taking action to deter any threat to their young. “Being swooped by a territorial bird isn’t pleasant and can even cause injury. But the swooping is seasonal, healthy bird behaviour and so, if possible, the best response is to keep away from the area.”
Ms Tran said it is illegal to harm native birds and offences can result in fines or imprisonment.
“It is up to us to co-exist peacefully with wildlife and respect it,” she said.
For more on this story see Page 2 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, September 10