The Flying Fox
|Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca)
|Date Taken: 2013-01-29|
|Camera: Canon 7D|
|Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2013-02-06 21:50|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
This photo was taken at the Redcliffe Botanial Gardens. The garden has a roost of about 1500 Flying Foxes. It supports three types,l The Little Red, Grey-Headed, and Black-Headed flying fox. This photo is of a Young Grey-Headed Flying Fox. I have been fascinated with the flying fox since my first visit to Australia in 2010. I'm happy that this trip I have been able to photograph them. This photo has been cropped.
Grey-headed flying fox
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is a megabat native to Australia. The species shares the continent with three other members of the genus Pteropus: the little red flying fox, the spectacled flying fox, P. conspicillatus, and the black flying fox, P. alecto.
The grey-headed flying fox is endemic to the south-eastern forested areas of Australia, principally east of the Great Dividing Range. Its rage extends approximately from Bundaberg to Geelong in Victoria, with outlying colonies in Ingham and Finch Hattonin the north, and in Adelaide in the south. In the southern parts of its range it occupies more extreme latitudes than any otherPteropus species.
The grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat in Australia. This flying fox has a dark-grey body with a light-grey head and a reddish-brown neck collar of fur. It is unique among bats of the genus Pteropus in that fur on the legs extends all the way to the ankle. Adults have an average wingspan up to 1 m (3.3 ft) and can weigh up to 1 kg (2.2 lb). The head and body length is between 230 and 289 mm (9.1 and 11.4 in), with an average of 253 mm (10.0 in). The forearm length is between 138 and 180 mm (5.4 and 7.1 in), with an average of 161 mm. Weight generally varies between 600 and 1,000 g (1.3 and 2.2 lb), with an average of 677 g (1.49 lb). It is tailless, with claws on its first and second digits. Since it does not echolocate, it lacks tragus or leaf ornamentation found in most species of Microchiroptera. It relies on sight to locate its food (nectar, pollen and native fruits) and thus has relatively large eyes for a bat.
The grey-headed flying fox is long-lived for a mammal of its size. Individuals reportedly survived in captivity for up to 22 years, and a maximum age of up to 15 years seems possible in the wild.
]Habitat and movements
Grey-headed flying foxes live a variety of habitats, including rainforests, woodlands, and swamps. During the day, individuals reside in large roosts (colonies or 'camps') consisting of hundreds to tens of thousands of individuals. Colonies are formed in seemingly arbitrary locations. Roost vegetation includes rainforest patches, stands ofmelaleuca, mangroves, and riparian vegetation, but roosts also occupy highly modified vegetation in urban areas. A prominent example existed at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. However, the Garden instituted a successful policy to remove them from the garden grounds. The camp is now dispersed across Queensland.
Movements of grey-headed flying foxes are influenced by the availability of food. Their population is very fluid, as they move in response to the irregular blossoming of certain plant species. The grey-headed flying fox is a partial migrant that uses winds to facilitate long-distance movement. It does not migrate in a specific direction, but rather in the direction that will be the most beneficial at the time.
To be continued
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- [2013-02-06 22:53]
great portrait of this interesting species, never seen such a nice close-up
Nice shot of this Pteropodidae fruit bat species. Caught the glitter in his eyes. Nice job.
Nice portrait of this "Flying Fox".Nice elaborate note.
You have captured it nicely with light and sharpness.
Well done.Thanks for sharing,
In a difficult light condition you have captured with good details and clarity.
TFS and my regards,
Very professional portraiture of this Flying Fox with intense eyes, Colin.
Superb light control in evidence here.
Well done and TFS!
- [2013-02-07 4:11]
An interesting creature rarely shown and a complete note going with it. Even if taken in a Botanical garden, this kind of pictures never will be easy to make.
Thanks so much
- [2013-02-07 4:38]
very interesting photo, I have never seen this spicies before,
well composed, excellent details, lighting !
Best regards !
- [2013-02-07 6:47]
Great sharp detailed portrait of this Flying Fox. Good DOF. Beautiful natural colours. I saw lots of them in Indonesia, but that's more than 30 years ago. Nice glitter in the eyes.
what a nice photo! Very sweet view. Amazing colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,
great shot with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
Ciao Colin, great portrait of interesting specie, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2013-02-07 14:23]
Hi Colin,it's nice to see a different and rare specie on TN,a magnificent portrait made in "face to face" style,very close to it and whit great details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Great close-up shot of this species of bat,
with the frontal POV capturing that expressive glance,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, of its head and eyes, TFS
Amazing portrait Colin! Interesting composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.