11 June 2012

Camera Critters - Grey-headed Flying-Fox

Archival photos, location Blackbutt Nature Reserve, N.S.W. From a distance, when walking the reserve, it was thought we were walking up the hill into the rainforest pocket, towards a flock of very noisy parrots perhaps.   A complete surprise to find this colony of fruit-bats camped there instead.

According to Environment & Heritage site here, they play an important ecosystem function by providing a means of seed dispersal and pollination for many indigenous tree species.



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23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

how cute are they?! :)

magiceye said...

Excellent captures Carole!

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Pretty cool how they wrap themselves in their wings when they sleep!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Wow! love these guys.

heyBJK said...

How cool! I like how the light shows through the skin of their wings. The way they "cocoon" themselves while hanging upside down is really neat.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Great pictures of an interesting species. I'm jealous!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Excellent - never seen such bats myself so thanks for showing them to us.

schöngeist for two said...

wooooowwww wunderschön diese Fledermäuse!!!!!

Schöne Woche wünsche ich dir!
Lieben Gruss Elke

Pam :) said...

Now that's a sight I have never seen around here.
Nicely done, Carole.

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Oh WOW, they are some awesome looking creatures. There are people i know on a reptilian forum who have kept these as pets. Crazy people out there !

Shaun Valleys ShutterBug

Giancarlo said...

Fotogafie stupende! buona serata...ciao

Karin M. said...

The animals are fascinating. On a vacation trip, I could see these animals in real life.
Love greetings, Karin

EG CameraGirl said...

Isn't it amazing how every creature is part of a much larger chain of events?

Jean said...

What cool critters indeed. They really look huge!

Jan Castle said...

always thought that bats were small! These look really big!
We have a bat house on our property, but don't think it has ever been used by a bat...too many trees around for them I guess.
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Jackie/Jake said...

Yuck bats make my skin crawl LOL!
Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting me.

Giga said...

Niesamowity i piękny widok. Pozdrawiam.
Amazing and beautiful sight. Yours.

Estilo Hedónico said...

wow...amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

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xoxo

eden said...

Great shots. Love to see them in the wild. Hope I can get a chance.

CameraCruise said...

Great photos of the amazing bats.

Phil said...

Tremendous creatures. Wow, I'd love to see those.

Andrew said...

Wow! Carole these must be wonderful to see..

Sharyl said...

Good golly! And these were taken in daylight, right? Glad I missed the night show! ;-)