In Cairns we saw flying foxes. Flying foxes are fruit bats. Flying foxes are one of the largest bats. They come out of their trees at dusk to eat. They eat nectar and fruit at night. In the day the flying foxes sleep and get ready for the night. Every night the flying foxes fly up to 40 miles until they find their food. They have great eyesight but no sonar. Flying foxes are vulnerable because we cut down many of their roosting trees.
For two nights we saw the flying foxes in the sky. My favorite time we saw them was when they took off. When they took off they made a lot of noise. After that we went to an Italian restaurant. It was delicious.
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That’s a lot of bats in the sky! What did the loud noise sound like?
I like that they sleep in the light and wake in the dark.
Lela, the noise sounded like a lot of parakeets.
Mikey, When Animals sleep during the day that means that they are nocturnal.
That is so cool! I saw a documentary on flying foxes recently. I think it is great that you got to see them up close and personal. By the way, do you know how to say bat in Italian? It’s pipistrello! I thought I’d teach you that just in case it was on the menu at that restaurant you went to that night! 😉
When I was your age, our family went on a summer trip to New Mexico (via Motorhome!) and went to Carlsbad Caverns and saw bats “take off” at night! …they are creepy! Have fun! http://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/bat_flight_program.htm
I saw them the time I visit Sydney, its impressive the big they are. The branches of the trees hold them and I didn’t want to walk behind them, just in case… You are so brave!!
Natalie, the photo of the tree with the bats is spectacular.
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Wow! Truth is stranger than fiction. At first glance, the flying fox appears to be wrapped in a dark slicker. But no, it’s his leathery wings.
Thank you for sharing, Natalie. I’ve enjoyed following your adventures.
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