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Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by jim, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Donga

    Donga Guest

    jim wrote:
    > Ever wondered what its like having a number 13 chook piffed at your head
    > from close range?
    >
    > I was swooped four times in a succession by a magpie behind the Target Home
    > centre in Greensborough this morning - while I was going a-pace
    >
    > It made contact each time and drew blood.
    >
    > Now I seek vengence!


    I rode for a while this morning with a local identity who shall remain
    nameless in order to protect the guilty. We were past the home of the
    infamous "Chelmer Bomber". 'Mr X', it happens, had a slingshot in his
    back pocket. We did a couple of loops until the Bomber arrived. Mr X
    dismounted and walked over to under the pole where the Bomber had
    alighted. Mr X picked up some gravel and shot it at the Bomber, which
    promptly squawked and flew off. Beautiful! After the fscker gets to
    know the shooter, the idea is he will keep away. I wonder if it
    generalises for all cyclists?

    I'm off to cut up an old tube!

    Donga
     


  2. Bean Long

    Bean Long Guest

    RobWoozle wrote:
    > <snip>... good thing they were asleep on my way home :D
    >
    >
    > So, my question is this....has anyone been swooped at night....do the
    > buggers really sleep? If so, I may have to become even more nocturnal
    > in my riding habits for the next month or so!!
    >
    > Rob
    >


    I've never been swooped on the way home from work. Only on the way to
    work in the morning.

    --
    Bean

    Remove "yourfinger" before replying
     
  3. Donga wrote:
    > I rode for a while this morning with a local identity who shall remain
    > nameless in order to protect the guilty. We were past the home of the
    > infamous "Chelmer Bomber". 'Mr X', it happens, had a slingshot in his
    > back pocket. We did a couple of loops until the Bomber arrived. Mr X
    > dismounted and walked over to under the pole where the Bomber had
    > alighted. Mr X picked up some gravel and shot it at the Bomber, which
    > promptly squawked and flew off. Beautiful! After the fscker gets to
    > know the shooter, the idea is he will keep away. I wonder if it
    > generalises for all cyclists?
    >
    > I'm off to cut up an old tube!
    >
    > Donga


    Donga - whilst I certainly appreciate the idea (why oh why don't I have
    a firearms licence!!), I think that'll be counter-productive.

    As I understand it, the maggies generalise their hate-filled attacks
    onto anything that looks like it has p!ssed it off before. So I think
    the Chelmer Bomber will just end up going after cyclists even more...

    But just in case - what jersey was Mr X wearing (so I make sure I never
    wear a similar on egoing through there!!).

    Cheers,
    Abby
     
  4. eddiec

    eddiec New Member

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    Well, last night i stuck on three 8inch long cable ties to the vents of the helmet and set forth again this morning - seems relatively succesfully... 2 of the 3 offenders from yesterday took to the wing on my approach and i could see their shadow flitting around, but made no contact and didn't even get the whoosh of wings - so I'll take that as a tentative thumbs-up for the cable-tie solution, long-term test pending. I'll still be avoiding the really grumpy one in Winmalee...

    Of course I now look like a complete shnook - Where else are my cable-tied brethren?? My all-too-honest 2 yr old daughter summed it up nicely this morning as I donned the helmet, with "Daddy's a butterfly...." hmm... great...
     
  5. monsterman

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    I'm thinking tennis racquet. I want it dead. I want its family dead. I want its nest burned to the ground!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. matagi

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    You are indeed correct, not only will the magpie remember the actions of MrX but it will pass it on to its offspring! So the hate gets perpetuated down the generations and the problem will continue.
     
  7. On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 16:39:14 +1000, eddiec
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >Well, last night i stuck on three 8inch long cable ties to the vents of
    >the helmet and set forth again this morning - seems relatively
    >succesfully... 2 of the 3 offenders from yesterday took to the wing on
    >my approach and i could see their shadow flitting around, but made no
    >contact and didn't even get the whoosh of wings - so I'll take that as
    >a tentative thumbs-up for the cable-tie solution, long-term test
    >pending. I'll still be avoiding the really grumpy one in Winmalee...
    >
    >Of course I now look like a complete shnook - Where else are my
    >cable-tied brethren?? My all-too-honest 2 yr old daughter summed it up
    >nicely this morning as I donned the helmet, with "Daddy's a
    >butterfly...." hmm... great...


    I've got 2 12" cable ties going vertically and a couple of smaller
    ones over the ears. Seems to work. I modified a friend's helmet the
    same way. She had been terrorised by the Red Baron (Auburn Rd. -
    Gardiner's Creek near the hockey pitches). Since the cable ties, no
    problems.

    As for looking dorky ... tell them it's sat nav and nod wisely.

    --
    Regards.
    Richard.
     
  8. dave

    dave Guest

    Richard Sherratt wrote:
    > On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 16:39:14 +1000, eddiec
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Well, last night i stuck on three 8inch long cable ties to the vents of
    >> the helmet and set forth again this morning - seems relatively
    >> succesfully... 2 of the 3 offenders from yesterday took to the wing on
    >> my approach and i could see their shadow flitting around, but made no
    >> contact and didn't even get the whoosh of wings - so I'll take that as
    >> a tentative thumbs-up for the cable-tie solution, long-term test
    >> pending. I'll still be avoiding the really grumpy one in Winmalee...
    >>
    >> Of course I now look like a complete shnook - Where else are my
    >> cable-tied brethren?? My all-too-honest 2 yr old daughter summed it up
    >> nicely this morning as I donned the helmet, with "Daddy's a
    >> butterfly...." hmm... great...

    >
    > I've got 2 12" cable ties going vertically and a couple of smaller
    > ones over the ears. Seems to work. I modified a friend's helmet the
    > same way. She had been terrorised by the Red Baron

    You think Red Baron is the right name Richard? He is a ground attack
    specialist not a fighter pilot.
    I think "Stuks' works better :)

    Dave



    (Au
     
  9. On Tue, 03 Oct 2006 08:48:48 +1000, dave <[email protected]> wrote:

    <snip>

    >You think Red Baron is the right name Richard? He is a ground attack
    >specialist not a fighter pilot.


    Attacks unsuspecting targets from behind and above. Sounds like the
    Red Baron to me :)

    >I think "Stuks' works better :)


    "Road Kill" sounds even beter.

    --
    Regards.
    Richard.
     
  10. Tripped

    Tripped New Member

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    LOL....
    With this site;
    http://www.ew.govt.nz/enviroinfo/pests/animals/magpie/index.htm

    Check out this section:
    Poisoning

    Large populations of magpies can be successfully reduced using the narcotic poison alphachloralose. This product, when used in concentrations of 2.5 percent or below, will anaesthetise birds rather than kill them. Comatose birds are then collected and the target species humanely killed. Non-target species can be revived by placing them in a warm dark place.

    A poison license is not required to use alphachloralose if used in concentrations of 2.5 percent or less. Several commercial baits are available with grain lures for other pest species. When targeting magpies, bread covered in alphachloralose paste should be used.

    Alpha-chloralose based products can be ordered through most farm supply stores or Environment Waikato Biosecurity Animal Pest Contractors.

    only in NZ (don't take it personally[​IMG]). Wonder if it's possible to do this in Aust. hope the RSPCA won't be up your ass if you do.
     
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