As I said in my last post, we were away but now we have returned to home in San Diego. Also in my last post, I showed a curious, upside down animal from our travels. We saw our first flying foxes on our first night in the town of Cairnes, Australia – one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. While walking around at dusk, we noticed a number of fairly large bats flying around the area but we didn’t know what they were. The next day we had arranged to rent a car (to try and find Kangaroos) and on our way to the rental office noticed several trees with hundreds or thousands of these bats in residence. There was a sign posted next to one of the trees by the library that clarified that these were flying foxes – the only bats which do not navigate by sonar but rather by eyesight which explains their large eyes (for bats). As you could see by my previous post, they are very cute when you can get a good look at their furry faces. They are also very good flyers who only eat fruit so you don’t have to worry about them attacking your neck or hair.
The locals consider them pests but they were very exotic to us and I got lots of pics of them starting their “rounds” just before sundown. Here’s one that gives you a good idea of the structure of the wings and of the “hooks” that they use to hang in the trees.
The Foxes are the largest bat in Australia with a wingspan of up to 3.3 feet and a weight of up to 2.2 lbs! They can travel up to 50 km a night in search of fruit and nectar. Hope you enjoyed our intro to Australia. We have lots more to share from both Australia and New Zealand so hope you come back soon!
March 11, 2015 | Categories: nature, photo, photography, travel, wildlife | Tags: Australia, bats of australia, Cairnes Australia, flying foxes, nature, photography, photos, travel, wildlife | 4 Comments