As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Incoming! Magpie's attacking frenzy captured on GoPro attached to a cyclist's helmet

Trent Nicholson was attacked on his bike near Wollongong, NSW
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PUBLISHED: 02:54, 7 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:26, 7 October 2014

A man has filmed the terrifying moment he was attacked by a dive-bombing magpie as he cycled along the street.

Trent Nicholson captured the black and white bird swooping and pecking his helmet six times in a short video he filmed with his GoPro camera.

Even a mouthful of worms didn’t stop the magpie from its frenzied assault.

Mr Nicholson said he was cycling down Shellharbour Rd, in Shellharbour, near Wollongong, NSW, when the lone bird took aim.

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