We thought it was a raven on our balcony but turned out to be pied currawong. We hear them calling often enough. We had another currawong visit a couple of days later. Of all the birds we have seen on our balcony I don't think we have had a raven although they are plentiful. Maybe they don't like heights.
While out on my ISO walk yesterday afternoon I felt the flapping of wings nearby and a repeated clacking noise and it happened twice. I looked around and while the normal culprit of bird attacks on humans, our magpie and I could see one on the ground, there was a wattle bird sitting in a tree looking at me with malevolence in its eyes. Not a swooping magpie to be seen.
Once home I checked online and yes, wattle birds do swoop and make a clacking noise with their beaks. Unlike magpies, they don't make contact. Just as well.
It is spring here and the birds have younguns and are very protective.
I mentioned this to R once home and he said that there is magpie who has targeted him across the road twice. Odd that he had not told me. I am sure he would have it he felt it came seriously close.
The birds recognise people and if you are attacked once, there is a good chance the same bird will attack you again.
So, if our hoop snakes, drop bears, poison spraying caterpillars, sharks, crocodiles, feral kangaroos, many lethal snakes and poisonous spiders don't get you, maybe our birds will.
The Australian magpie is nothing like the European magpie.
The pied currawong.