Even Aussie Gamers Aren’t Safe From Magpies

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Even streaming inside in Australia doesn’t guarantee you’re safe from an old fashioned swooping.

That’s what Aussie gamer Lynchy discovered this afternoon. In the middle of a lengthy overtime game of ranked Valorant, the 28-year-old Australian got interrupted by a cheeky magpie who flew in from a side door. After being initially startled, the Aussie sat back down to finish the round — only to cop the magpie equivalent of a headshot.

“What the fuckkk,” the Aussie exclaimed, before his webcam and headset was sent flying.

Wildlife and Twitch are nothing new. But you usually see them on IRL streams, not the 30th round of a Valorant game. When asked later how exactly the magpie got could get in to begin with, Lynchy explained it was the combination of a bird-friendly partner and toilet training for a new dog.

“I got this brand new puppy, 2 months old, only picked him up 3 days ago,” Lynchy said. “So while I’m gaming, I need to leave that door open that’s next to me so he can go to the toilet and stuff, and do his doggy business.”

“And because my partner has been feeding the magpies the last few days, so they’re starting to hang around the back fence and stuff. So that’s how they got in the side. Was not expecting that.”

As a nice bonus: Lynchy’s team still won the overtime game. And for anyone worried, the magpie safely went outside.

Comments

  • I do find it odd that I have never been swooped. Have walked through their territory where people get swooped and nothing. Have had people with me get swooped yet not me. Maybe they see me as one of their own?

    • Maybe you actually have eyes on the back of your head? Thats typically what dissuades them is thinking that they’re being watched, which is why they suggest either hat designs or painting eyes on the backs of helmets.

      I’ve been swooped but only exceedingly rarely.

  • Walking through fields and the bush on the way to ‘work’ on farms (back in the day) has highlighted for me how reasonable magpies can be about their protected territory.

    One magpie had defined for themselves a very clear circle around their tree/nest, and if you stepped inside of that circle, you got a very distinctive warning call. Step inside a slightly smaller circle (a few metres radius), and you were due for a swooping.

    The circle was consistent, and well-defined, to the point that I actually laid out some markers for myself every day as I figured out a detour that would keep mama-magpie satisfied that I was not so much passing ‘through’ as much as ‘around’.

    That ‘death by dive-bombing’ radius was pretty large, though. Maybe a hundred metre radius? I’m sure city magpies have had to adapt their territories to account for the sheer amount of traffic in the urban sprawl.

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