“Going Batty” Flying Fox Photography Fieldtrip | 26-11-2017
Sunday, 26 Nov, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST| $30.00
This Flying Fox Photography Fieldtrip is designed to introduce you to the wonderful world of mega bats, e.g. flying foxes or fruit bats.
Many people have witnessed the evening sky blanketed by bats leaving their “camp” and filling the night sky as they set off to feed. But not many have got close to these fascinating creatures to photograph them. There are four recognised species of mega bats in Australia. They are the Little Red (Pteropus scapulatus), Grey-headed (Pteropus poliocephalus), Black (Pteropus alecto) and Spectacled (Pteropus conspicillatus) flying foxes or fruit bats.
All bat species are protected in Australia. Bats are the only group of mammals capable of sustained flight. Flying foxes all over Australia are increasingly on the move searching for new or existing food resources, their favourite food is nectar and pollen from native trees and plants. Because of this they are an important animal for the survival of the ecosystem by pollinating the flowers of the plants they visit.
The Flying Fox Photography Fieldtrip will introduce you and give you the opportunity to photograph them at the roost and as they leave to feed for the night. We will visit a local roosting site and after a short talk we will try our hand at making photographs.
Why not book your place on this Flying Fox Photography Fieldtrip and get up and close to these fascinating creatures. You maybe surprised just how “cute” these animals are!
Flying foxes in Australia are known to carry two infections. Australian bat lyssavirus and Hendra virus. Human infections with these viruses are very rare and when there is no handling or direct contact with flying foxes, there is negligible public health risk.
As we will not be handling the animals there is very little risk to us.
If you are concerned for another possible health risk called Histoplasmosis, you could wear a face mask but unless you stir up the dirt containing guano there is little risk to no risk.
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Looking forward to meeting you on your next nature photography adventure.