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Old Sep 1, 2010, 1:50 PM   #1
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I thought I would break up the NZ series with some fauna and flower pictures.

Grey-headed Flying Fox Bats have an average wing span of 3 feet (1 meter) and weight about 2 lbs (1kg).

I took these pictures at the Sydney Botanical gardens. During the day the bats are roosting in a large number of trees. In the process of roosting they eventually kill the tree. The Botanical Garden is trying to find a solution to this problem with one solution being to relocate the bat population and dispersing it to other locations.

In the evening at sunset from our hotel window we could see the bat population leave the botanical garden to go out and feed. It was about a 20-30 min. event with literally hundreds of thousands of these bats streaming out to the surrounding areas to feed. They will forage up to 50 km from there roost. The bats eat pollen, fruit and seeds.

The pictures were taken with the K7 and Tokina 80-400mm lens hand held.













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Lou - all of these show up as Content Protected by Owner !
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Old Sep 1, 2010, 2:00 PM   #3
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Kevin thanks, I have unlocked them can you see them now?
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Yes. And a great series it is too - I love bats and envy you this opportunity to shoot them. #1, 3, 5 & 6 are all excellent. That Tokina serves you well !
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Lou - Great pictures Love #3 and #6.

#6 you can see a expression of curiosity.

Congratulation on this pics.
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Outstanding, Lou!
I've never seen anything like it.
Maybe the botanical gardens should consider artificial trees?
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Love number 3, great series mate!
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Very cool.........I really like the Bat In Flight shots !
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Great images Lou...love the "Bats in Flight". Did you take the one in flight during their evening outing or was this during the afternoon. On my travels to Sri Lanka we passed a town that is named for its ba population. There are thousands that cling to the trees and roost during the daylight hours for all to see!

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Holy bat crap, Robin! These are great. I love #2, the blue sky makes for a good backdrop for all those guys just hangin' around.
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