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Melbourne Nine reporter delivers his live cross after being swooped by an aggressive magpie

An unflappable Channel Nine reporter has delivered his live cross to air moments after a magpie swooped him in the face on Monday.

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria’s Parliament House when the deeply despised bird dived at his face.

The journalist quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions being eased in Melbourne.

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria's Parliament House when he was swooped by a magpie - but quickly regained his composure

The magpie swooped him in the face on Monday as he was about to update viewers on Melbourne's social distancing restriction easing

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria’s Parliament House when he was swooped by a magpie

Only two weeks earlier, Nine’s management team in Melbourne had warned its journalists they may be swooped on Bourke Street, TV Tonight reported.

In 2009, Nine News Melbourne presenter Peter Hitchener had his live cross interrupted by a giant magnified seagull walking across a real-time projection of the city.

The black-and-white Australian magpie tends to attack anyone who comes close to their suburban nests.

Spring is widely known as the ‘swooping season’ when birds, mostly magpies, attack humans and even other birds when they stray too close while its fledglings hatch and nest.

People use umbrellas or don protective headgear while at parks and open spaces to protect themselves.  

A young woman meanwhile was left bloody and traumatised after she was attacked by an aggressive butcher bird earlier this month.

The journalist though quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions

The journalist though quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions

Amber Bitzer was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane's west, at 1pm on October 10 when the carnivorous creature took aim at her head

Amber Bitzer was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane’s west, at 1pm on October 10 when the carnivorous creature took aim at her head

Amber Bitzer, 25, was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane‘s west, at 1pm on October 10 when the bird took aim at her head.

Related to magpies, butcher birds are ruthless killers that impale smaller birds, reptiles and rats on sharp twigs, thorns or wire while they rip them apart.

‘My friend and I were looking for a pleasant spot in my backyard to lay down and read for the afternoon,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

Pictured: Ms Bitzer's bloodied forehead after the attack

Ms Bitzer's friend emerged from the house to a series of screams

When her friend popped inside for a moment, the butcher bird struck

When her friend popped inside for a moment, the butcher bird struck.

‘She heard my screams and came out to find me with blood streaming from my forehead,’ Ms Bitzer said.

While the gash below her hairline was treated by a doctor, Ms Bitzer said she had never been swooped before and is now terrified to enter the garden.

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