A different view


Hi guys..well the internet war continues..the landlines are back on..one phone though is dead..so needs replacing..hubby talked to the telco’s and they tried to explain the in’s and out’s of what is going on..i am still no clearer..so as i have been going bats over this..it struck me..bats!

Well grey-headed flying foxes to be exact.

These sweet and much maligned creatures live in a colony in Bendigo’s Centennial Park.

Before hubby and i headed to dinner in town for his birthday we went for a strollΒ  through here..we caught them as they were just starting to stir from their sleep.

I have been meaning to get pictures of them since we moved here so long over due.

The grey -headed flying fox is listed as Vulnerable on our species list.The adults have wingspans up to one metre or 3 feet and weigh in at a kilo or 2.2lb.

Please enjoy going ‘batty’ with me ..

 

Just hanging out in the park..like most kids

Just hanging out in the park..like most kids

The little wings are really hands and protect from the drizzle we had

The little wings are really hands and protect from the drizzle we had

I see a fuzzy little head

I see a fuzzy little head

Some still asleep..too early to party

Some still asleep..too early to party

Staring to stir an evening of fruit eating awaits

Staring to stir an evening of fruit eating awaits

Snug and safe

Snug and safe

Like decorations on a tree they are

Like decorations on a tree they are

Centennial parks gardens near the conservatory

Centennial parks gardens near the conservatory

73 thoughts on “A different view

    • Hahaha a lot of people aren’t..i find them intriguing..i guess Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price made them most unpopular in vampire movies πŸ™‚ i find it hard to not be amazed by all animals..go figure..and i agree the flowers are good the gardens all fresh after a stinky summer πŸ˜‰ hugs Fozziemum xxx

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    • Hahahahah πŸ™‚ i agree a built in umbrella is a super thing to have..they started to talk to each other as they woke..pity the sky made it super hard to get good shots..but the time they are active is the time my camera skills pass out πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  1. OMD they are humongous. I just read up about them on Wiki. They certainly are beautiful, but I hesitate to ask – what does the Eucalyptus flower that is part of their diet, taste like. The oil certainly smells vile. We have various kinds of bats here, but personally we are familiar with the vesper bats only (we rescued a fair number of babies from our cat). We feed them cow’s milk until the parents come back to claim them. The bigger bats love the meal worms that we feed to our birds.

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    • The eucy oil is foul…the flower produces nectar like other flowers..which i assume is sweet as they are happy here πŸ™‚ eucy flowers are a stark contrast to the tree itself..no grey or green but vivid and amazing flowers…brilliant red or crimson cream and yellow.stunning..the white gums here just finished flowering and they were full of parrots and other birds πŸ™‚ i guess we grow big stuff down under Genis hahahhah the link Miss Pix put up in her comments was super cute!! as for eucy oil..best thing for a cold..clear the nose pronto πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xx

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    • The video Pix linked too was super cute πŸ™‚ and i guess unless you really look you do not see them πŸ™‚ we can see these ones from a way off as they have a very big colony πŸ™‚

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  2. WE hope that your Phone and Intermutts get all fixed up SOON.
    OMD OMD those fruit bats are HUGE… we had no idea they were SO big… and they have their OWN raincoats… We THANK you fur showing them to us. This stuffs just Lights our Fire… Love Nature…

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    • Frankie and Ernie thankyou..seems we grow big stuffs here and i think they are super πŸ™‚ the internet is atil playing up and especially with non WP blogs..i could scream…i love nature too..it goes batty with me πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  3. Whoa those are some wide wing spans. Ironically there was an article in our newspaper over the weekend about bats and setting up a bat house in your yard. Mom learned something she didn’t know. A bat has to drop a few feet to get the lift to fly. Most folks including mom thought they were swooping down at them but they aren’t …we love learning new things
    Hugs madi and mom

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    • Well i never Madi πŸ™‚ i never knew either..they are an incredible creature and thanks to them we have have more understanding of sonar and utrasounds….we have to have special people care for bats here due to the lassivirusand hendra..hendra has been blamed for the deaths of some horses and a vet and vet nurse 😦 but due caution with all creatures is always wise..:) loves Fozziemum xx

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    • They were sleeping and it was getting on dusk..the pics needed some lighting as it was pretty overcast and drab..but they were starting to wake for the evening πŸ™‚ lucky indeed i see them hanging in the trees everytime i drive into the Bendigo but never have the time to stop πŸ™‚ lucky indeed..i seem to get all the critters πŸ™‚ xxx

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  4. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I’m surprised to see them in trees, as that is rare here, where they are not likely to roost In Caves and under bridges. And they’re so big! I’ve only seen much smaller bats, so this was wonderfully educational in several ways. Thank you!

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    • You are so welcome πŸ™‚ and thankyou …we have caves where bats also live but these sweeties prefer the gorgeous park where for now they are protected..being vulnerable is one step further up the species to lose list sadly 😦

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    • Sue and Polly and Honey i bet you hear the flutter first πŸ™‚ do the girls notice at all and get agitated ? i know hwen owls swoop at night the boys get all crazy πŸ™‚ loves Bev xx

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  5. OMC we looked up that virus you mentioned. That is horrible. This gal won’t be having any bat houses in her yard…never wanted one nor will I have one.

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    • Well Shoko they weigh in at 2.2 lb or or 1 kilo and have wing spans of up to a metre or three feet..so a good size..these shots were taken with my brutus lens so gives you and idea πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  6. What fantastic pictures of the bats they are some amazing little critters and interesting. I see one flying around our backyard once in awhile just after sunset. Beautiful flowers in the park. Sure hope all the internet woes get worked out sweet Bev. Hugs

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  7. Holy cow…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bat photos! A guy in Colorado Springs was having computer issues recently and took his computer out to the alley and shot it 8 times. He was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. Everyone has computer troubles; but hopefully you won’t be shooting the modem any time soon. Wouldn’t want to disturb the fauna around your homestead. ❀

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    • Me too super sweet critters πŸ™‚ we saw that on the news here hahahaahah i felt his pain..and you know what? if i had one and was so inclined..one to the back of the modem hahhaha πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemumxx

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    • I do not believe it guys ..and i got it on record ! i cracked the flying thing..sort of hahahahah πŸ™‚ poor food service gal is most likely under the couch hahahaha πŸ™‚

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  8. Squeals – aren’t they just the cutest little things with their ‘jackets’. Love them! I wonder if I could hang from my hooves upside down like that? Off to try it… I’ll keep you posted – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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  9. Bats kind of freak me out…and picturing ones with that big of a wing span really freaks me out! I think because when I was a child they always told us bats would fly into our hair…..They are interesting though, and I didn’t know there were species that were that big.
    The garden is very pretty! xxoo

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    • Haahhah oh my Jan that would freak you out then..we never knew anything about bats growing up apart from Batman…so maybe why i find them intriguing πŸ™‚ and yes they are a good size…like all our Aussie critters hahaha πŸ™‚ loves Bev xx

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  10. Our computer just went off line last night…twice…no reason. Just disconnected. VERY annoying!

    SHE loves bats. SHE knows all about hendra and stuff….but their little faces are so cute. They tend to eat everyone’s fruit around here, so SHE can’t tell everyone they’re cute.

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    • Urghh it sure is guys! been offline all day doing other things it was so slow i gave up! i agree they have such cute little faces and yeah they eat the fruit but what sweet little things they are πŸ™‚ the Hendra is also nasty but just part of the way it goes..:)

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  11. We love seeing Centennial parks gardens but that bat just gave us the hebejebes. Do those bats suck blood?
    Thanks for stopping by yesterday and wishing me well.
    Sweet William The Scot

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    • Hahaahh it’s ok sweetie fruit only for these darlings πŸ™‚ and you are most welcome and on ALL fronts i hope you are feeling better..still sending our prayers your way love Fozziemum xxx ❀ ❀

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  12. OMC They just hang there fwum one…foot or whatevew dat is. They look a little cweepy, but mommy be fwaid of bats too. She just isn’t cwazy ’bout anyfin’ dat flies. MOL Gweat fotos tho’.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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  13. Bats do so much good, and get such a bad rap. Thank you for these great pictures of those little ones. πŸ™‚

    Good luck with the internet stuff. It sounds nightmarish!

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    • Ta da..i have some sort of net..sort of..phew..yes i agree they are super important like all creatures they play a vital role in our eco system these guys really made my day as they woke calling to each other πŸ™‚ loves Bev xxx

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  14. Those bats are adorable Bev…..
    LOL ‘going batty’…too funny…..if only it was funny..
    I hope the problems are rectified soon. It msut be highly frustrating!!!!
    The gardens are lovely; time to stop & smell the flowers b4 you go totally ‘batty’ >>>ROFWL!!!!
    Much love & (((HUGS))) Sherri-Ellen ❀ ❀

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