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'Tis the season for a spike in swoopings

No extravagant hat worn by a damsel to this spring's Melbourne Cup will be quite so spectacular as the magpie-repelling helmet seen on a Canberra cyclist yesterday morning.

Canberra Times photographer Colleen Petch captured the wearer shimmering along Northbourne Avenue.

A cyclist along Northbourne Ave today takes the scaring of magpies away to the extreme.
A cyclist along Northbourne Ave today takes the scaring of magpies away to the extreme. Photo: Colleen Petch

He wouldn't stop so there was no way of asking him how well the bristling headgear works.

This is a trying season for human-magpie relations and so a good time to read Judith Wright's sweet poem Magpies to remind us how lovable the species is for most of the year.

It opens:

Along the road the magpies walk

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with hands in pockets, left and right.

They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk.

In their well-fitted black and white.

Gang-gang is a column by Canberra Times journalist Ian Warden

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