Monday, March 9, 2009

Flying Foxes

Monday, March 9, 2009
6 comments

A lifer mammal for me in the forest near Subic Bay: fruit bats, which are now (I'm told), officially called flying foxes. We saw two species in these large roosts: golden-crowned flying fox and Philippine Island flying fox. Fascinating creatures and something I've always wanted to see. The bats were opening their wings and flapping a bit to cool off in the late morning sun, which was already blazingly hot. There were hundreds and hundreds of them in each roost.

Today we're off to see the Underground River on Palawan Island, and its special birds....

6 comments:

On March 9, 2009 at 8:32 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Ahh. An update. Thank you. Really looking forward to your call! Remember, we're 12 hours behind...

Palawan peacock-pheasants on your pillow, dear.

On March 9, 2009 at 11:41 PM Wren said...

I've only seen these guys in zoos, and am now insanely jealous.

On March 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM Pam said...

Which one is Stellaluna?

On March 10, 2009 at 3:47 PM Heather said...

OMG, they're so huge!!

On March 13, 2009 at 9:07 AM Mary said...

Sorry, I don't think I'd walk under such a sight. It's hair-raising.

On March 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM Janet Creamer said...

Flying Foxes are so cool. I have seen them at a few zoos, but seeing them in the wild must have been amazing!

JC


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