Death by MAGPIE: Cyclist dies tragically while trying to avoid a dive – as an expert gives fresh advice on how to prevent attacks
- A cyclist died after driving off a cycle path to prevent a diving magpie
- The 76-year-old man turned off-road and hit a fence in Woonona
- He suffered serious head injury and died at St George Hospital on Sunday evening
- Experts suggest glasses, place items on your head and distance to prevent attacks
A cyclist died after being hit against a fence when he waved off a cycle path to prevent a diving magpie.
The 76-year-old man traveled Sunday at 8.15 am on an off-road trail near Nicholson Park in Woonona on the south coast of New South Wales when the drama struck.
Witnesses saw the man riding his push bike off the path in an attempt to evade the dive bird.
He drove into a fence and was thrown to the ground, seriously injuring him.
The man was flown to St. George Hospital in a critical condition after being treated on site. He died in the hospital on Sunday evening.
A 76-year-old man died after being driven off a bike path to prevent him from being submerged by a magpie
The Magpie Alert detection website has six registered attacks on cyclists from Nicholson Park this year, one of which last Friday.
& # 39; I cycled on the road trying to avoid it on my way back, but the magpie chased me, & # 39; is in one report.
& # 39; A very determined bird. & # 39;
& # 39; It's amazing how far it will roam from the nest to chase a chosen victim & # 39 ;, another comment says.
The magpie diving season starts in September, when birds lay their eggs and walk for about five weeks.
Emeritus from the University of New England told Professor Gisela Kaplan Daily telegram The male magpie's diving tactics are a response to defending their eggs.
& # 39; Birds only dive if they are protective, if they have identified a risk, & # 39; said Professor Kaplan, adding that eye contact with magpies will help them learn & # 39; what you stand for.
& # 39; If you look at the bird and show that you are not a threat, it will remember your face and not attack you. & # 39;
Experts recommend wearing sunglasses, holding large objects above your head and keeping your distance to prevent a magpie attack.
A report is prepared for the coroner.
The cyclist was flown to St George Hospital in a critical condition after serious head injury. He died in the hospital on Sunday evening (stock image)
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