Bird swoops begin early

BIRD swoops have been reported already this year.

The crew from Queensland Wildlife Solutions moved on four Magpies on Wednesday and six so far this year.

They say they normally do not start to receive calls until about a week after the Brisbane EKKA.


They have not had any call outs to move on Butcher birds yet, but were asked to get rid of two Plovers.

Owner Geoff Jacobs said the best way to approach a Plover is with your arms stretched wide at shoulder height, to avoid being attacked.  He said people will only get hit by a male in one in 150,000 cases.

He said when they move a male away he has to be shifted 40 to 50 kilometres in a straight line, “but mum can feed the rest of the family no problem at all on her own”.

Mr Jacobs went on to say “that’s how it works, we shift them, we band them and mark on the band where we got him from”.

He said “it all comes about by the weather like we’ve had hot weather, we’ve had rain and it’s got warm again so the birds think it’s the right time of year”.

“As with everything, basically, for all wildlife this is mating season” Mr Jacobs said.

He added “the birds are doing nothing different to what we are, if we have somebody comes around and threatens our kids we’re out them defending them away”.

A boy at Beenleigh had a close call with a Magpie on Wednesday.  He was riding his bike when he was swooped “he ended up biting the dust, thank Christ he didn’t fall in front of a car and skinned his knees and that so he got onto the Council relevant and they said yep get rid of him before there is more trouble and someone gets hurt pretty bad” Mr Jacobs.

He recommends gluing a pair of sunglasses to the back of your helmet if you’re riding through magpie territory.

Queensland Wildlife Solutions was also called to five addresses in Brisbane’s south to remove snakes from their homes.