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    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
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    Another magpie rant!

    WTF was up with that psychotic moron magpie just south of Uki on today's ride? I must have squirted this **** with half a bottle of water, and he still came back -- a kilometre later! The bastard didn't aim at my helmet, but my neck -- I've got a nice little cut to show for it. That's bad when you're trying to protect some road rash on your shoulder!

    I've never said this about any animal before, but I hope this little tosspot has an unfortunate encounter with a cane toad in the very near future!

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    Nasty !!
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    dont worry be happy ????

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    I know what you mean! They're pyscho, and wont go away. I yell and try to scare them but it only makes them more mad! I can't go for a decent off-road ride, or even a ride on a bike path without being targated. Apparently they're not supposed to touch you when they swoop and just scare you, we'll i've also been in incidents with amateur ones . Next ride I bring along a tennis raquet

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    A tennis racket works quite nicely.

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    Swooping magpies are one thing I definitely do NOT miss since leaving QLD! I remember as a kid having a constant battle with a local magpie every day walking to and from the bus to school...

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    You can come and take all the magpies that were released into NZ back to Oz, the mad b*stards attack everything. I even saw a pair hustle a hawk out of their territory recently.

    At least NZ's nuttiest native bird the Kea (http://www.doc.govt.nz/Conservation/...nimals/Kea.asp) only attacks property. They seem to have a penchant for rubber, so an unattended bike would be like a light snack. Their favourite though is wiper blades on cars in ski field carparks.


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    I shot a couple magpies yesterday. They're not as bold when they're looking at the business end of a 12 gauge.

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    Chicken?

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    Seriously, bring some mobile object (e.g. a bike) and go around until you see a couple. Get off, and get your tennis racket out. Kablammo! Wham! Onomatopoeia!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooligan
    Kablammo! Wham! Onomatopoeia!!
    Sweet merciful crap, I couldn't stop laughing after reading that.

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    Magpies in Toronto aren't quite that crazy, but I was once chased by an angry swan.

    I've heard that if you put big fake eyes (just contrasting colour round stickers) on your helmet it scares them off...

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    Spray the air with enough 9mm lead slugs and most any critter, flying or naught, tends to leave you alone even if they survive the onslaught.



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    What the hell is a magpie?
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    Google is amazing. I found the answer right away!

    One of dem artsy folk. Watch em, they got beads.

    http://www.themagpie.com/





    Then again it might be one o dees here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/...estofallbirds/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrukTek2
    What the hell is a magpie?
    A black and white bird about 3/4 the size of a raven (at least the Australian ones are), that gets a tad vicious during nesting season. Cyclists are often a target. They attack the head and neck of whomever happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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    g'day all,

    we seem to be thru the worst of it down south this year......a few weeks ago i had 2 'tag teaming' me for about a KM...barstards taking it in turns to see who could knock my lid off...thankfully looks like they've calmed down. although i heard today on the news one got a cyclist & knocked him off (dunno the details)...who was then hit by a car!...gotta love these birds!....with an axe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrukTek2
    What the hell is a magpie?

    Not to make light of the subject, but Heckle and Jeckle. "Listen to the mockingbird, listen to the mockingbird"...........I digress, couldn't help it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris L
    WTF was up with that psychotic moron magpie just south of Uki on today's ride? I must have squirted this **** with half a bottle of water, and he still came back -- a kilometre later! The bastard didn't aim at my helmet, but my neck -- I've got a nice little cut to show for it. That's bad when you're trying to protect some road rash on your shoulder!

    I've never said this about any animal before, but I hope this little tosspot has an unfortunate encounter with a cane toad in the very near future!

    What the hell is a cane toad? Do they eat magpies or are they poisonous to magpies if eaten by them?
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