A fearless cyclist has offered his top tips for dealing with swooping magpies during the springtime season after a council in Sydney decided to cull the menacing birds.
Shane Miller shared a video on "YouTube detailing how he calmly dealt with a swooping magpie along a countryside road in Victoria as part of his training to prepare for the swooping season ahead.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In the footage the avid cyclist stopped on the side of the road as a magpie sitting on the power line above him prepared to attack.
Mr Miller looked back at the bird and said: 'We've got ourselves a stand-off.'
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Shane Miller posted a video on Youtube where he calmly dealt with a magpie alongside a countryside road in Victoria as training for the swooping season ahead
As soon as he began to pedal away slowly, the magpie started to swoop at the back of his head and fly above him for several hundred metres.
Mr Miller captured the swooping magpie from his rear camera for over a minute while he cycled until it stopped.
'This one always seems to swoop twice. It's much better going in the other direction [along the road] where I can see the shadow on the ground,' Mr Miller said.
Mr Miller mentioned that one of his followers thought he was torturing the magpies, but he insisted that was not the caseInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer