Vindictive Grey Butcherbird

A friend who works as a GA in a school yard is having trouble with a vicious Grey Butcherbird. It seems to be intent on attacking him even though he wears a hat and long sleeves. He comes home bloodied each day. The attacks also happened last year but were not as ferocious. Does anyone have a solution other than eliminating the bird?
Julie Neumann
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    PS I forgot to add that my friend who was seriously harrassed by a Grey
    Butcherbird found an umbrella to be the only effective defence.

    On Sun, 23 Sep 2018 at 14:14, Julie Neumann via Birding-Aus <
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    Hi Julie

    Unfortunately there really isn’t any other way to control this bird’s
    behaviour. Butcherbirds can be every bit as menacing as magpies when
    defending their territory during the nesting period. I have a friend who
    was targeted by an individual Grey Butcherbird a couple of years ago.
    Whenever she left her apartment the bird would swoop her, whether she was
    walking or cycling – and even made it difficult for her to get to and from
    her car. I think it was worse the second season too. She moved before the
    next breeding season.

    I’ve read somewhere that some birds can recognise individual humans, even
    when the change clothing, headwear, etc. My friend is convinced this is
    true of butcherbirds, as her bird ignored most other people except for some
    cyclists. I have another friend who used to feed butcherbirds and magpies
    from his balcony until he got sick of them begging, but there is now one
    Pied Butcherbird that he is convinced plays with him. It will fly straight
    at his head but veer off without really swooping him, and has never made
    contact. Usually it will wait until he’s looking at it before it flies at
    him – at other times it just hops around on the railing. I’m a bit
    concerned about this bird’s behaviour, because there are documented records
    of magpies flying at people’s faces and causing eye injury, but my friend
    is not phased by the butcherbird and is convinced it is being playful and
    never aggressive. Hmmm….

    Russell
    (Geelong, Vic but returning to Brisbane soon)

    On Sun, 23 Sep 2018 at 14:14, Julie Neumann via Birding-Aus <
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