And the flying foxes put on a wonderful show

And the flying foxes put on a wonderful show

I have just come back from a wonderful ‘Social Bat Watch’ event in Turrella Reserve put on by the Wolli Creek Preservation Society as part of Australasian Bat Month.

It was hard to estimate because of the happy children running everywhere, but about 200 people came to watch around 9,500 flying foxes leave their camp to hunt for food during the night.

It was a BYO picnic & that is what most people did.   The Wolli Creek Preservation Society had an information stall, plus games & face painting for the kids.  By the end of the night, most children were wearing painted bat faces & carrying paper bats on sticks & other hand-made bat toys.  Sparklers ended the night when the bats had finished flying overhead.

People relaxed, drank & ate & as dusk fell, out came the bats – a dribble at first & then the sky was full of these beautiful creatures. For some reason, perhaps curiosity, a greater number than usual took the route directly over the crowd & it was spectacular to watch.

I am biased, as the sight of bats flying overhead in large numbers is one of my favourite sights, but friends who had not experienced this before were really delighted. If you haven’t done it, you are missing something incredibly beautiful – and it is free, every night at Turrella Reserve.

The start of the flyover.

The start of the flyover.  As it gets darker more flying foxes fill the sky.

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