Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Super Swoops in a Flap over Breeding Time

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Super Swoops in a Flap over Breeding Time

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Kerri Burns-Taylor

Reporter

Magpie hotspots

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IT'S that time of year again, when walking through certain parts of Warwick means constantly checking over your shoulder for a surprise attack.

Yes, it's magpie breeding season, and there are already reports of protective fathers making it known to passers-by.

Wildlife ranger Jeff Hayter said unless a bird was particularly aggressive, swooping only lasted around six weeks.

C[pounds sterling]Ninety-eight per cent of the time it is the male and he is just trying to be a good dad and protect his chicks and in a majority of cases there are things people can do to co-exist with the birds,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Sometimes you see a particularly persistent bird or one who is causing injury and in that case it is justified to have the bird trapped and relocated. …

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