Seasonal hazard…

Aside from the battier political comment or three, of course, as in…

Face palm time! As Politifact points out: “The Refugee Council of Australia says in the areas surrounding the Nepean Hospital – Blacktown, Hawkesbury, Penrith and Blue Mountains – there were 161 asylum seekers last year. The 2011 census shows the area has a population of 617,861.” Yes, 161 can sure cause traffic jams, even if many of them don’t own a car, and they really pack the hospitals too! “We also had a quick look at NSW Health’s handy website showing the number of patients waiting in Nepean Hospital’s emergency department. At  2.40pm, there were four people waiting but only two or none at the surrounding hospitals.”

No, the hazard in the title may easily be confused with that kind of politicking, but it has been happening much longer down the east coast of Oz, not least in The Gong. I had wondered about the numbers of cyclists I have seen lately with antennae. Is this the latest in tinfoil hats, I wondered? Election season could lead to an increase in wearing such protection.

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No. Rather the guy on the left in the next image is the villain responsible.

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Yes, as The Illawarra Mercury warns today, it is Magpie Swooping Season!

The Illawarra is set to rival a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in coming weeks as magpie swooping season reaches fever pitch.

The region’s pesky ‘pie population is out in force, swooping unsuspecting cyclists, walkers and training groups.

Magpie hot spots include streets in Balgownie, Woonona, Thirroul, the Princes Highway in Corrimal (near the fire station), Mount Brown, Gwynneville, Figtree (particularly Figtree Oval), Mangerton and the North Wollongong bike track….

I haven’t been divebombed so far this year, but it has happened in past years. It can be quite scary.

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One thought on “Seasonal hazard…

  1. Marcellous wrote on the wrong post:

    Great videos.

    I don’t think they intend actually to make contact, though once in Canberra many years ago a bird drew blood which gave me quite a shock.

    Last year for the first time in many years I found my cycling route to work through Stanmore was subject to this hazard.

    It’s scary at first but once you know what is going on and certainly if you are wearing a helmet it is possible to undergo it with some degree of equanimity.

    All the same, I changed my route for a while (only a very small change was necessary: they can be very local in their defensiveness) to avoid it.

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