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March 19, 2006
Here you are on, under, beside or in a boat, waiting for the sun to start setting so you can see the bats start to flutter as they come out. Just one or two, checking out the light, and waking up the others in the eaves of the bridge. The best spot in our opinion is under the bridge just to the right if you are facing east. There is a railing that is in front of a wall, and it is the perfect spot to watch from.
In October, they estimate that there are approximately 2.3 million Mexican Freetail Bats that make their home in our Capitol. The tourist industry has been amazed at how many people come to see this spectacular display of nature. I was amazed at from how far away some people came to see this wonderful show. I myself spoke to people from as far away as Germany and France... now that is spectacular in itself. The bats start to really get moving just as the sun sets on the river. But beware, just about the time you think they are going to wait till the sun goes all the way down they start falling out of the eaves by the thousands. It looks like a living cloud as they head north, up the river, to start doing what they do best, ridding Texans of those pesky mosquitoes. Tons and tons, every night, what a wonderful thought if you live where we call mosquitoes the natural air force of Texas.
So if you get a chance to come to Texas, be sure and visit one of our natural treasures. Oh and a last minute thought, visit one of the best Barbecue restaurants in Texas, "Stubbs Bar-B-Que," you wont forget it the atmosphere, the music, the food, what more can I say except I think I'll go this coming weekend and maybe I'll see you there. Have fun, enjoy our great state, and remember to have a big time because everything is bigger in Texas.
From journal Bat Watching Texas Style
May 27, 2004
From journal The Bat Bridge in Austin, TX
May 7, 2003
You can park your car at the Austin American Statesman building on Congress Avenue after sundown for no charge, then you can either grab a seat on the grass or go up onto the bridge in order to watch the bats and take photos.
Usually, later in the summer, the bats come out a bit earlier, making them considerably easier to see. The pictures attached to this report do not show any bats, rather they show the pre-bat anticipation amongst the bat-fans in the audience.
From journal Yeehaw Austin
May 6, 2003
From journal Music / Sun / Film / Fun
November 28, 2001
From journal Spending time in Austin?
October 20, 2000
From journal Town Lake
August 13, 2000
From journal Laid-Back in Austin, Texas