The Flying Fox
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This is my third and final photo of the flying Foxes. This photo was also shot at the Redcliffe Botanical Gardens. I struggled with this in-flight photo. They would fly from tree to tree because of a squabble or the heat. I didn't have much time to get on it and shoot. But I did come up with maybe not the best POV but it is sharp. The photo has been cropped.
The Flying Fox is protected and listed as endangered in Australia. The reason we came to Australia was for the birth of my daughter's first child. That is why we have not traveled this trip. That is why all my photography has been in the Redcliffe area. It does leave me wondering what this child will see in its lifetime. I know in mine there are many species that are gone or you will only find them in Zoos or Wildlife Parks.
Ram had a note today about House Sparrows and their hardships. In Canada we have the warming of the northern waters that is effecting the ice flows. That is impacting the Polar Bear and Seal populations. I fear that the loss I have seen in my lifetime is nothing to what my Grandson may see in his. We as a species have to change our ways, we have to.
The grey-headed flying fox is now a prominent federal conservation problem in Australia. Early in the last century, the species was considered abundant, with numbers estimated in the many millions. In recent years, though, direct evidence has been accumulating that the species is in serious decline. Current estimates for the species are about 300,000, and the national population may have declined by over 30% between 1989 and 1999 alone.
Grey-headed flying foxes are exposed to several threats, including loss of foraging and roosting habitat, competition with the black flying fox, and mass die-offs caused by extreme temperature events. When present in urban environments, grey-headed flying foxes are sometimes perceived as a nuisance. Cultivated orchard fruits are also taken, but apparently only at times when other food items are scarce. Because their roosting and foraging habits bring the species into conflict with humans, they suffer from direct killing of animals in orchards and harassment and destruction of roosts. Negative public perception of the species has intensified with the discovery of three recently emerged zoonotic viruses that are potentially fatal to humans: Hendra virus, Australian bat lyssavirus and Menangle virus. However, only Australian bat lyssavirus is known from two isolated cases to be directly transmissible from bats to humans.
Recent research has shown, since 1994, more than 24,500 grey-headed flying foxes have died from extreme heat events alone. TheseAustralian flying fox die-offs are of increasing concern for the survival of this species now that climate models predict significant increases in the intensity, duration, and frequency of such temperature extremes.
To answer some of the growing threats, roost sites have been legally protected since 1986 in New South Wales and since 1994 in Queensland. In 1999, the species was classified as "Vulnerable to extinction" in The Action Plan for Australian Bats, and has since been protected across its range under Australian federal law. As of 2008 the species is listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Flying foxes often come to the attention of Australian wildlife care and rescue organisations, such as Wildcare Australia, ONARR, Wildlife Carers Darling Downs, Bat Care, Bat Rescue, Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers, WIRES, and Wildlife Victoria when reported as injured, sick, orphaned, or abandoned. A very high proportion of adult flying fox injuries are caused by entanglement in barbed wire fences or loose, improperly erected fruit tree netting, both of which can result in very serious injuries and a slow, agonising death for the animal if not rescued quickly.
Bat caregivers are not only specially trained in techniques to rescue and rehabilitate bats, but they are also vaccinated against rabies. Although the chance of contracting the rabies-like Australian bat lyssavirus is extremely small, bat caregivers are inoculated for their own protection.
Baby flying foxes usually come into care after having been separated from their mothers. Babies are often orphaned during four to six weeks of age, when they inadvertently fall off their mothers during flight. When they are older, orphans usually come into care because of maternal death from power line electrocution or barbed wire entanglement. A rare, but apparent natural, occurrence of mass abandonment can lead to the rescue of hundreds of babies at one time. The latter most recently occurred in November 2008 at the Canungra bat camp in South East Queensland, when Wildcare Australia, working closely with the EPA and regional bat care groups, rescued and rehabilitated over 300 baby grey-headed flying foxes. Most babies are in a dehydrated and distressed state by the time they are rescued, and some are infested with maggots if found sick or injured. A young flying fox must be fed every four hours, and then as it develops it is introduced to blossoms and fruit. When the young flying fox is fully weaned around 10 to 12 weeks of age, it goes into a crèche for rehabilitation and eventual release.
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Beautiful species.Wish could get this Bat coming towards you.
But you have taken it nicely with well sharpness and colour.
Well done.kind regards,
Have a nice weekend,
- [2013-02-09 3:48]
I guess this capture wasn't so easy. The result is really pleasant, I love very much the composition and the attitude. Perfect exposure.
Very good catch with an excellent sharp details.
- [2013-02-09 4:40]
A rather funny view on this flying fox..soemhow it is a special shot to see how they held their feet when flying. Beautiful light and good sharpness. Interesting, your note too!
Have a nice weekend!
Goes to prove why it is called a 'Flying Fox', Colin.
Fairly good capture from the rear. The contrasting blue sky adds a fine touch to the picture.
Thanks and regards.
Excellent in-flight shot of the Flying Fox,
with maybe not the best POV but sometimes
this kind of POVs are also good to show the
subjects from different angles, and here we
can see very well its head, superbly focused, TFS
A great in-flight capture with fine colors, details & timing. Nice work & presentation. TFS & best wishes!
- [2013-02-09 9:27]
although no eye contact the rear view is very special and the toes almost look like the ones of an alien
Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely in-flight bat, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- [2013-02-09 15:06]
Hi Colin ,this is abolutely great and very rare to see! What a timing and what a spectacular quality of details despite the quick mouvement,very very well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano