Photographer's Note

Melbourne has only one species of megabat (big bat), the Grey-headed flying fox. Like all flying foxes it is vegetarian eating nectar, pollen and fruit from native and exotic (non-native trees), does not have echolocation, uses its eyes and ears like humans. It has night vision as good as a cat. The bats can be seen each evening just after sunset flying across Melbourne to its various parks, gardens and backyard trees.
Here is one at Yarra Bend where there is a colony of between 3000 - 7500.

I took this on a hot day when they skim the water to cool down. This one was just leaving the water.

To those who may have seen my previous bats photo posts - take heart, I'm sure I'll tire of them before too many more.

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Additional Photos by Stephen Harnett (SteveH) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 407 W: 101 N: 1297] (8220)
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