Nature Pic of the Day - 20120129 - "Bats Hanging Out" in Australia
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January 29, 2012: "Bats Hanging Out" in Australia
Australian Bats
Credit & Copyright: Christine Becker from British Columbia, Canada
"Bats Hanging Out" in Australia: "Flying Foxes 'hang out' in eucalyptus trees at dusk, just before setting their sails for the local fruit farms and blooming gums."

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2012-01-30 11:50:14
Laura from Brasil about 11years ago said:
Christine, This is a great photo!!!!!!So interesting and another wonderful nature life.....GReat!
Christine from Australia about 11years ago said:
Thank you for saying a word about these lovely night-gliders. It had not occurred to me, that most people don't care for them. They are quite harmless. Actually, they are as dangerous as an enraged butterfly :)
Mira from Canada about 11years ago said:
How very interesting. Looks like a tree with strange fruit. They must be very big when they fly? Great picture there.
Betty from Canada about 11years ago said:
Wow! those are huge bats! Great picture Christine! Your info was interesting reading, Inge, thx.
Ali from Tehran about 11years ago said:
Wow! They are not as that small as I had seen in Malaysia before. I wonder if Christine managed to escape after taking this picture ;)
Inge from Canada about 11years ago said:
There are bats on all the continents except Antarctica. All too often they are maligned and vilified when the opposite should be the case. Seventy percent of bats are insectivores and consume half to fully their body weight each night, mostly mosquitoes. the next largest group are the pollinators and fruit eaters. Among the plants that benefit are bananas,peaches, almonds, dates and figs. then of course come the vampire bats of the tropical and sub tropical Americas who fed on live stock. And the least numerous are a small group of fish eaters around the Gulf of California. So we should be glad to have them and look at this fine picture without shuddering.
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