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Birds on the swoop

Residents are urged to stay alert after recent reports of swooping birds across central Victoria.

August 20, 2014 3:01am

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is reminding residents that some bird species are already starting to swoop as part of their normal breeding behaviour.

DEPI senior wildlife officer Brady Childs said there had already been reports of plovers or masked lapwings swooping in the district in the last fortnight.

‘‘Spring isn’t here yet but some birds, particularly in northern Victoria, such as plovers and Australian magpies have already begun protecting their nesting sites by swooping,’’ Mr Childs said.

‘‘As the weather starts to warm up birds start breeding and we want people to be aware of swooping birds.

‘‘No-one likes being swooped by a territorial bird, but unfortunately this is just normal bird behaviour and, if possible, the best response is to keep away from the area.

‘‘If you do end up in an area where there is a swooping bird, try to protect your head and eyes and move quickly through the area.

‘‘The DEPI is encouraging people to notify others in the areas about swooping birds.

‘‘Report a swooping incident via the Victorian magpie map on the DEPI website at www.depi.vic.gov.au so other members of the community can see any swooping hotspots.

A ‘Beware, swooping birds in the area’ sign is also available in the online Swoop Off kit to print from the DEPI website at www.depi.vic.gov.au

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