Magpies are known for their aggressive behaviour during their nesting season - which, according to reports, has come early.
Here’s how you can avoid being swooped when going for your regular morning jog.
1. Take a different route
If there is a well-known angry magpie about, it's best to find a new path and avoid the area.
It will likely make its home there for an extended period of time (usually for a six-week period).
Some local city councils and park rangers will display signs warning individuals where there are high magpie inhabitants.
2. Head gear
Although inconvenient, protective head gear is definitely an option.
Simply wear a bike helmet, hat or even open an umbrella to divert them. Attaching cable ties to your helmet also acts as a further deterrent to a cheeky magpie.
3. Don’t interfere
While it may be tempting to rid the area of magpies, do not throw sticks or rocks at them - or their nests. All this does is aggravate them further.
Also, avoid waving your arms around as they can feel threatened and attack!