Sunday, 19 September 2010

Birds & Bats

Had to laugh at this group of Cattle Egrets during our recent Flying Fox count going for a ride on the arm of this sewage treatment plant as it was spinning around. Not sure what the one with the wings up would have done if the timing was out even just a little bit.
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Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis)

Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

Just a very small part of the estimated 100.000 in the colony at this time with a large proportion being pregnant. I hope the Little Red Flying Fox do not show up soon as there is not much room left at this site.

12 comments:

mick said...

Sounds like an interesting place to visit! :-)

Nicole said...

Cattle Egrets can be a goofy bunch, no?
I always had a big grin when I watched them in Egypt :)

100.000?
Darn,.... I can't even imagine seeing 100.
That must have been a sight!

Phil said...

I like the bats Neil but it's weird how they can seem a bit scary?

eileeninmd said...

Wow, that is a lot of bats. Cool photos! Love the Egrets.

Mike B. said...

Wow- I'm not sure how I'd react if I turned a corner and saw all of those bats! Great shot.

Bob Kaufman said...

Cattle Egrets on a merry-go-round? That would be a sight to behold! :)

Halcyon said...

Funny shot!

Neil said...

Thanks Mick it is very interesting you will have to join us one day for the count.

Neil said...

Thanks Nicole it was great to watch the Egrets going around and around.
Thanks Phil,Eileen,Mike,Bob& Halcyon.

Larry said...

Watching those Cattle Egrets must have been a hoot Neil. I have always liked bats and to see that many bats that size in one place must be fascinating. Great photos!

NatureFootstep said...

cattle egrets are a very pleasant little bird. :)

Neil said...

Thanks NF and Larry not everybody likes the Bats and the Egrets were great to watch.