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Flying-fox and pup

Flying-fox and pup
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Copyright: Nick Edards (etech) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 20] (60)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-04
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-19 12:21
Viewed: 12263
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Grey-headed flying-foxes only give birth once a year, generally only have one pup, and birthing occurs in a narrow period of around 6 weeks starting late September.

For the first 3-4 weeks of life, the pup stays with the female adult 24x7, even as she flies out to forage for food.

The female plays only a passive role in keeping the pup attached whilst in flight. The pup will grip her nipple (up under the armpit) with its teeth and her fur with the claws on its feet and thumb.

Once the pup reaches about 4 weeks of age, it becomes too heavy for the female to carry during extended periods of flight. So she will leave the pup in the colony before she flies out to feed and then reunite with it in the morning.

If for some reason the female doesn't return, the pup will starve to death.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-19 12:27]

A warm welcome to TN, Nick.
What an amazing shot! Great moment captured.
It's incredible that you were able to get such a sharp shot of the face of this flying fox.
The blurry wings convey the motion of flight.
Great POV.
TFS. : )

Hello Nick,
Yes, indeed an amazing shot and one must admire your quickness and discerning eye for taking this wonderful shot....thanks for sharing...warmest regards/Abid

Hi Nick.
Good action photo which has clarity of the face blurred motion of the wings and shows the maternal side of the bat

It is so unusual...
Wonderful capture with wonderful clesrness..


hello Nick
Un grand Bravo pour cette prise en vol
A bientôt

Hello Nick,
Amazing, wonderful portrait of a flying-foxes.

amazing details on face and light
impressive pose

great capture, TFS Ori

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