Cyclist dies after trying to avoid swooping magpie

An elderly man has tragically died while riding his bike after trying to avoid a swooping magpie in NSW.

The 76-year-old was riding his pushbike on an off-road path alongside Nicholson Park at Woonona, when he rode off the path to avoid the bird about 8.15am on Sunday.

It’s understood he then collided with a fence post and was thrown to the ground.


He was treated at the scene by paramedics for serious head injuries before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.

Despite medical efforts, the man died overnight.

An investigation into the incident is underway, however the tragedy is a timely reminder for people to be aware of magpie swooping season.