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US NewsCyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona

07:15  16 september  2019
07:15  16 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A man has died while trying to avoid a swooping magpie in a park near Wollongong which has a history of attacks. The 76-year-old was riding his bicycle in Woonona on Sunday morning when the bird started to swoop so he rode off the path in an effort to escape.

Death by MAGPIE : Cyclist tragically dies while trying to avoid a swooping bird - as expert issues A cyclist has died after riding off from a bike track to avoid a swooping magpie The 76-year-old man veered from an off-road track and hit a fence in Woonona

Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona Eurasian magpie / common magpie (Pica pica) in flight against blue sky. (Photo by: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images) A man has died while trying to avoid a swooping magpie in a park near Wollongong which has a history of attacks.

The 76-year-old was riding his bicycle in Woonona yesterday morning when the bird started to swoop so he rode off the path in an effort to escape.

He then crashed into a fence post, was thrown to the ground and suffered serious head injuries.

Locals performed CPR on him until an ambulance arrived, before he was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.

Despite medical efforts he died last night.

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A 76-year-old cyclist died in Australia after being startled by a swooping magpie , according to CNN affiliate Seven News.

Local resident Jason Crosskey saw the accident and said the man looked to be in a "pretty bad way".

Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona © usage worldwide Magpie (Hinrich Bäsemann/picture alliance via Getty Images) "There was quite a lot of blood," he said.

"I feel sorry for him, for something like that to happen is pretty alarming actually."

The man had been riding alongside Nicholson Park where locals say a particularly aggressive magpie has been a repeat offender.

The Magpie Alert website, which tracks swopping magpies across Australia, shows around eight attacks in the area.

Those who have logged attacks on the website say one bird is "very determined".

"It is amazing how far it will roam from the nest to chase a chosen victim," Ken said on Magpie Alert.

Mr Crosskey agreed that one bird in the area seems to be the culprit.

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76-year-old cyclist Alan Seaman killed after trying to swerve away from a swooping magpie in Woonona . "There's not much we could do. We did the best with

A cyclist has died south of Sydney after being distracted by a swooping magpie . The 76-year-old grandfather was riding with a group of four cyclists in Nicholson park in Woonona , Wollongong. A magpie swooping cyclists this morning in the same location (Nine).

"It swoops quite a lot of people. It swooped a kid yesterday."

Earlier this month the Hills Shire Council in Sydney's north east made the decision to shoot an "uncharacteristically territorial" magpie which had inflicted many injuries.

The bird was deemed a significant risk to public safety and one resident said it was responsible for giving him a heart attack during a swooping frenzy.

Officers are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the NSW Coroner.

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Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona
Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona

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