batty about bats

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OK if you don’t like bats I’m warning you now that I have become obsessed with the little dears and a trip to the fruit bat colony near Woolgoolga Lake has given me some fun images soon to be posted on the blog. They live amoung the paper barks and she-oaks in a large crowded colony during the day and cover the skies at dusk as they migrate in their thousands in search of food. Fantastic to watch, such small bodies yet enormous wings … and those feet!

9 thoughts on “batty about bats

    KG Visions said:
    July 1, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Beautiful creature and capture! We are losing them here in the States however due to white nose disease. Very sad, not many seem to care.

      margosnotebook responded:
      July 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      thats a shame.. bats are integral to ecosystems i’m surprised someone’s not campaigning for their health and habitat … much the same attitude is given to bee losses when without them food/flora will be finished within three years..

        KG Visions said:
        July 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

        People are trying to get the word out, but as usual it falls on deaf ears. Until that is, there are no more.

    Mike Powell said:
    June 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Your bat shots are really cool. Somehow I thought bats looked more like mice, but as another reader noted, these look a lot like cats in their faces. The feet are definitely unusual.

      margosnotebook responded:
      June 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      i’ve got a great shot of the feet stretched out towards a branch and the wings looking like a side on parachute but its a bit blurry so deliberating whether to post it .. it does look cool and convey movement! i’m definitely going back there to capture them again.

    Patricia said:
    June 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I think they have sort of cat-like faces. They look smart.

    PK said:
    June 25, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Just amazing. I love them.

    Nick Hunter said:
    June 25, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Fruit bats? Beautiful creatures and great photos. Very jealous of your photo op! I’m helping a friend do a bat survey via sound recordings after dark – they’re getting a lot of attention from biologists in response to the white nose disease that is decimating entire populations.

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