An Adelaide pilot has gone viral with his amazing talent to avoid being swooped as magpie season draws closer.
Mark Muscat, 60, has become an online sensation during the ongoing coronavirus crisis with his incredible ability to warble like a magpie.
He recently took things up a notch with the genius idea of attaching a rubber replica of the pesky bird to his helmet to avoid an attack on his early morning bike rides.
While magpie season is another month away, at least 40 attacks have been reported across Australia since June.
A recent TikTok video of Mr Muscat warbling on a morning ride has amassed more than 47,700 likes and hundreds of comments in the last three days.
Mr Muscat says his unique magpie warble came naturally when he was a boy.
‘I think I started when I was a young child when I used to get swooped… I had no practice, it just came out naturally,’ he told Sunrise on Thursday.
‘If I do get swooped, I will think, don’t swoop me and I will warble.
‘If I see one on a letterbox, I’ll say ‘g’day how you’re going,’ and warble again.’
Mr Muscat only decided to share his talent with the world on social media earlier this year when Australia went into coronavirus lockdown.
The self-confessed ‘Magpie Man’ now has 35,600 TikTok followers while one of his videos has made more than half a million views.
‘I hadn’t really done much of it. During lockdown, I got bored and then I got into TikTok. And as you said, it went viral,’ Mr Muscat said.
The Port Adelaide Power AFL fan revealed he cheekily asked Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire for a free Magpies membership.
‘He said ‘join the line and pay for it yourself,’ a disappointed Mr Muscat quipped.
‘Due to the magpie fame, I thought I’d get in.’
At least 40 magpie attacks has been reported since mid June, according to the Magpie Alert website.
The majority of attacks have been on cyclists and walkers.
Magpie swooping season usually runs from September to November.
As magpies are native to Australia, those affected by the swooping are not able to take any action which may harm the birds or disturb their nests.
To avoid getting swooped, local councils urge residents to take another path or to wear a helmet or hat as protection.