There are some things you can do to avoid being swooped by a dive-bombing maggie:
Avoid areas where the birds are likely to be breeding
Be alert in areas where there are tall eucalypts as they like to nest in these trees
Keep an eye on any magpies you come across as they are less likely to swoop if you look at them
Draw eyes on the back of a hat or wear your sunglasses backward to give the impression you're looking at them
Carry an open umbrella or small branch over your head but don't swing it at the magpie as it may provoke further attacks
If you're riding a bike, jump off it and wheel it through the area where the birds are swooping.
Magpies are a protected species and it is against the law to injure or kill a native bird.
You can report an aggressive magpie to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning or call 136 186.