Swooping season has arrived. Look out!
It's that time of the year again - bird swooping season.
Some unsuspecting residents have already reported being swooped in various locations across the city.
Swooping birds can be a frightening or even dangerous experience that can be avoided.
Some of the swooping hotspots to be alert around over the coming months include Plunketts Road in West Wodonga, as well as around McKoy Street and the Yarrawonga turn off on the Hume freeway.
Stay tuned and come back to this page as we add more locations to the list in coming weeks.
Top ten tips to protect yourself against swooping birds
Know your local swooping hotspots
Keep informed about parks, schoolyards and bike trails in your local area by reading your local newspapers, viewing Victoria’s ‘Magpie Map’ or contacting your local council.
Avoid the area
The best way to protect yourself from a swooping bird is to avoid venturing into their territory.
If you must pass through the area – move quickly – do not run.
Cover your head
Wear a hat or carry a stick or umbrella above your head. Cyclists should wear a helmet, dismount and walk through the area.
Eyes at the back of your head
Birds may be less likely to swoop if they think you are watching them. Draw a pair of ‘eyes’ and attach to the back of hats and helmets.
Do not harass wildlife
Don’t interfere with or throw stones at birds. This gives them added reason to see humans as a threat and may increase swooping behaviour.
Do not destroy nests
This may prompt birds to rebuild their nests, prolonging the swooping behaviour.
Don’t feed swooping birds
This may encourage swooping behaviour.
Travel in a group
If possible, try to travel in a group in areas where there are swooping birds.
Put up warning signs for others who may not be aware that there are swooping birds in the area, or ask your council to do so.
Native birds can swoop in urban and rural areas, in parks and gardens, along bike tracks and in school yards, or anywhere that birds are nesting.