Here’s what a magpie did to one of our patients.
The bird struck the front of the eye, scraping the surface and causing a lot of pain.
Swooping magpies are a very real part of life in Canberra so take care out there.
Here are a few handy tips to protect yourself from magpies:
-Wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your head and eyes.
-Avoid the ‘defence zones’ around their nests – take an alternative route whenever possible.
-Pay attention to warning signs around your area.
-Use an umbrella to shield yourself from swooping magpies.
-Dismount off your bike and walk rather than ride past magpies.
(And if your eye is injured by a magpie, it’s best we see you immediately. There’s no need for an appointment.)