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Magpie swooping season

Magpie swooping season

Season starts earlier than usual

With spring now upon us, breeding season for native birds is underway, and swooping of unsuspecting humans begins.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Senior Forest and Wildlife Officer Glen Smith 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,” Mr. Smith said.

According to DELWP, they have seen numerous swooping incidents reported in the latter part of winter, which means that swooping season seems to have started sooner than usual.

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They have created a 'swoop map' on the DELWP website, which allows people to log their encounters and warn other in the area.

Mr. Smith said that if you do need to go through a swooping bird area, move quickly.

“If you do end up in an area where there is a swooping bird, try to protect your head and eyes and move quickly through the area."

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