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Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Skywatch: Release The Bats

Summer evenings in Grafton; the sky is punctuated by millions of Fruit Bats leaving Susan Island.











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21 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! That's a lot of bats! I love the soft colors of the sky. You can almost feel them moving, churning! Terrific capture, Mark! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. Nic Shot. Bats conjure up such intrigue expecially silhoutted against a sky at dusk.

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  3. You have captured the sky well - Wonder where those Fruit bats are headed to? Enjoy your week-end

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  4. I love Fruit Bats aka Flying Fox's, great shot:)

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  5. Gorgeous soft colours, and I have never seen bats like this before! So many of them all flying the same direction!!

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  6. Wow, what a cool sighting. Great capture of the bats in flight.

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  7. Lovely shot!

    cheers from Uruguay

    http://gabrielaabalo.blogspot.com/2011/02/skywatch-friday-season-4-episode-30.html

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  8. That is an evil looking image. Does this happen all the time, or is this unusual?
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com

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  9. Amazing bats... the chain of life needs these little creatures! wow... what an amazing colony!

    Happy Weekend!
    ~Maria

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  10. Diane, the fruit bats are mostly headed to local forests to feed on nectar and fruit. Le Loup this is a very normal sight in Grafton. Sometimes there are 10,000 bats on Susan Island, sometimes up to 10 million.

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  11. That is an incredible fruit bat population! I can't even imagine seeing that many in one location! There's just something about bats that sends a shiver through me. Must be all those stories I heard and read about in childhood.

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  12. Cool. Where are they headed now?

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  13. Steffe they roost on Susan Island and every night they fly out and then return in the hour before dawn. The pre dawn return is totally unspectacular.
    Have a great weekend

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  14. Don't know whether to laugh or cry: we have bats in the attic, and they are protected. You are not allowed to displace them, and the thought of large numbers is a worrying one :-)

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  15. This would freak me out a little in real life, but looking at the photo it's just great :)
    Happy Friday!

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  16. nice! where are the bats headed?

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  17. Lovely shot, I have a very similar one taken in the Botanical gardens in sydney. looking at your shot, I could almost hear them flying overhead!!

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  18. Very pretty...thought they were birds at first. I actually like bats...but then I like mice too, and hey, mice with wings!

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