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Flying Foxes

Flying Foxes
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Shew (kshew) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 30] (202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4 ED-IF
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-01 4:14
Viewed: 3665
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Commonly called flying foxes or fruit bats.
Some 850 species world wide they are second largest mammalian order in the world second to the rodent.
These rely on sight and smell to hunt and eat fruit,
normal bats use sonar and are omnivorous.
Wingspan for these can be up to a meter in length.
They generally have one pup in the spring and by early summer can take their first flights.
They tend to congregate together and in the evening at sunset can have massive flyouts. An area here along the Brisbane river has this event.
They can also be seen through out the city however usually hidden in the trees. This pair of a few hundred were hanging around in Sydney at the botanical gardens. The top one seems to be hanging by one "hook".
They took a glimpse at me while I took the pic.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-01 4:51]

Nice photo of the interesting animals. Good sharpness and colors.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-01 10:57]

What a great capture, Ken. The poses make a fantastic composition. Sharp details and good values in the colors. You managed well with the light and shadows. Great job and TFS. : )

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-02-03 18:07]

Cute and very original shot - one head up, one head down ; which is the correct way to hang around ? Very interesting eyecontact, they seem rather surprised to see you, and not disturbed at all. TFS, Patrick

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