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piggsy

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Rare opportunity to shoot them feeding and flying during good light over a couple of days recently -


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flying fox feeding on grevillea flowers by PIG, on Flickr

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flying fox feeding on grevillea flowers by PIG, on Flickr

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flying fox pauses between feeds by PIG, on Flickr

These at 1/100 with is064 due to accidentally leaving it on manual from flash work the last night :/ Still I didn't actually lose many of the ones that weren't totally obscured by foliage or out of focus. They're pretty agile in the trees, more than you'd expect, rainbow and scaly breasted lorikeets aren't much faster.

Some from the next day having made sure to shoot with more appropriate settings!

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flying fox in flight by PIG, on Flickr

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flying fox in flight by PIG, on Flickr

Not impossible to get them in flight, but their tendency to kind of half fly, half tack into the wind can make it hard to predict exactly where they're going.

And, very lucky, got one launching off from right above me. Also lucky that it didn't do the typical pre-flight wee straight down!

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Flying fox launching 1 by PIG, on Flickr

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Flying fox launching 2 by PIG, on Flickr

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Flying fox launching 3 by PIG, on Flickr

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piggsy

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Sooo jealous. We don't have those here :(
That last one is superb.

Thanks! We're lucky in that they're "around" but not right on us, and we're in but not right in their flight path from coorparoo to the city botanic gardens. The smell from the big colonies on a hot humid day (especially early morning with no wind) is uh, well, people will tell you that you can get used to it, but they're wrong. Sometimes I get the absolute shit scared out of me by one dropping out and flapping away from a bottlebrush or brazilian cherry tree less than a metre over my head at night though.

Some more:

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bat crawling by PIG, on Flickr

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bat interrupted by PIG, on Flickr

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bat tongue by PIG, on Flickr

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bat tongue by PIG, on Flickr

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bat launching 5 by PIG, on Flickr

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bat launching 6 by PIG, on Flickr
 

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Proboscis bats in Palo Verde National Park, Costa Rica.

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