Saturday, 28 September 2013

Flying Foxes

When we were overnighting in Moree last year we came out of the Bowls Club where we had dinner and could hear a cacophony of squawks, grunts and trumpeting. At first I thought it was Brolgas at the local wetland getting frisky. It was getting dark, but we went off to investigate nonetheless.

The row turned out to be flying foxes, a type of large bat, also known as fruit bats. They were obviously preparing for the night's foraging, calling out to one another, squabbling and engaging in a bit of recreational gymnastics in the trees around the billabong.

Because of the low light, we didn't get any very good photos, but we enjoyed watching them for a bit. I imagine they've outworn their welcome with anyone who lives nearby though -- they are noisy and stinky and they eat all your fruit and flowers.

For a picture of flying foxes in daylight, see this one I took on a previous trip to Australia.
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Ile de Ré Reflections: Proof that stand up paddle boarding is popular in France too.

3 comments:

  1. Flying foxes piddle down themselves don't they?

    Presumably "le stand up paddle"...
    what lovely franglais!!

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  2. I love the first photo with the moon and what I think is Venus, which is called "étoile du berger" in French.

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  3. Ces grandes chauve souris sont vraiment extraordinaires. Nous les avons vues de jour perchées très haut dans les arbres mais aussi chamailleuses et bruyantes!

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