Kidderminster, United Kingdom
February 17, 2004
Just before dusk, drive to Chelmer and park up alongside a piece of open bank off Roseberry Street. This is an ideal location to witness a phenomenon that occurs every day just before nightfall. The flying fox lives on fruit, mainly mangoes, palm dates, and assorted berries and in an effort to find enough food, they must search everywhere in Brisbane.
With nightfall rapidly approaching, the chirping you noticed when you first stopped the car has been steadily increasing; as the noise reaches its crescendo, you should start to see the bats leave their camouflaged retreats. One, two, and another, until suddenly the sky is prematurely black with the combined wingspans of thousands of these majestic mammals, spanning out in all directions. This wondrous sight is being simultaneously performed throughout Brisbane mainly near the Brisbane River or the swamplands to the north of the city.
To get a closer look at these fascinating animals, visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at Fig Tree Pocket.
From journal Brisbane - A Sub Tropical Lifestyle