Feel free to move this if you think this is the wrong place to post - but it was definitely a road hazard, even if it isn't the road that's the problem. Riding along the Darling Causeway from Mt Victoria and coming up to the intersection with Bells Line of Road, I'm slowing down in the 60 zone and I hear a kind of squeaking sound. My immediate thought was, strange, it must be my back brake so I released it but the "cheepcheepcheep" sound continues. At this stage I am right up to the intersection and concentrating on judging the traffic to turn right, when BAM, something hits my helmet with the most almighty whack, almost knocking me and the bike over. There's a scrabblescrabblescrabble on my helmet and then this magpie is dancing around me and squawking and carrying on like I've personally murdered all its babies. A week later I'm doing the opposite trip and am exiting Bells Line of Road onto the Darling Causeway. I start to look around for the psycho bird but can't see anything, then two seconds later I hear "cheepcheepcheep" behind me. I look in my mirror and there, literally two inches away from my helmet, is this magpie stalking me, wings outstretched, claws out, looking to land on me again. It was surreal - it looked so mean and black and EVIL. I duck down to try and avoid it and weave the bike around to get away from it. Finally I remember that I've got a throttle and take off. My husband, who was riding behind me, saw the whole thing and said he wondered how long it would take me to work out that the bike probably goes faster than the bird. I have a black and white helmet and am wondering if it thinks I'm a magpie? Anyone else had a close encounter with this bird there?