A MAN has died after trying to avoid a swooping magpie at Woonona.
Police are investigating after the incident at Nicholson Park yesterday.
About 8.15am on Sunday, the 76-year-old man was riding a pushbike on an off-road path when witnesses report he rode off the path to avoid a swooping magpie.
The man then collided with a fence post, causing him to be thrown to the ground, suffering serious head injuries.
The cyclist was treated on-scene before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.
Despite medical efforts, the man died on Sunday evening.
Wollongong police are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.