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Black Flying Fox or Fruit Bat (Pteropus alecto).
Flying foxes are bats or, more accurately, mega-bats (big bats). They are commonly known as fruit bats, but their diet is predominately nectar, pollen, and fruit — in that order. They don't use sonar like smaller, insect-eating bats; only their eyes and ears like us. They see as well as a cat at night and are just about as smart.
They rest upside down hanging from trees during the day, and these were seen in the trees along the river where we had our morning tea.

Taken at Ulmarra Park, Ulmarra, New South Wales, Australia, on Tuesday 28th July 2020.

{I will be unable to post tomorrow.}

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ulangariver

Linda, there is no shortage of fruit bats in Australia. They are in almost plague proportions along our east coast. ♥♥♥

tekchal2

Maybe that's why there isn't many around?

That they are. But like bees thay are needed.

ulangariver

Jackie, they were just hanging round, not doing nothing..... :-))) ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Ianto, they are. A pity they're so messy and smelly. ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Linda, our bats don't appear to be as choosey as yours! :-))) ♥♥♥

Nothing like bats hanging around, Thanks Nev. hugs !!!!!

No they are not but they are good for the environment.

tekchal

Interesting photo. The only bats around my area prefer a run down building (like an old barn) that they can get into.

ulangariver

girlinaglass92, we had our morning tea quite a ways back from where this photo was taken. We then moved towards these trees, which were adjacent to the river. We saw some ............. in the grass beneath these trees, but we weren't game to touch these ............. What were these .............? You'll have to wait till my next posting, the day after tomorrow, to find out. ♥♥♥

And Marge let you live, Nev, after making her drink tea this close to smelly, poopy BATS???!!! Aaaaaghhhh!!!

ulangariver

Bev, they are only active at night, when just about everyone is inside anyway. ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Jill, there's always something to learn on Jigidi. ♥♥♥

Will they bother humans? Like get in your hair? Tis a cool pic. thank you Nev.

JillianB

Wow, that’s rather cool! Have never seen that. Thanks Nev (and Janet) for the interesting info.

ulangariver

Kay, we do get a few around here in Summer, as we have a home in our neighbourhood which has lots of fruit trees on the block. They're attracted to that, and you can see their shapes in the sky with the aid of moonlight. ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Janet, we've come across these a few times in our travels. It's not so much the noise, but the smell from their droppings. ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Ianto, bats are not popular with most people. ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Ardy, they're quite easy to see. Marge took two pictures, and this was the best one. ♥♥♥

ulangariver

Bobbie, no bats in your belfry? :-))) ♥♥♥

kayboblee

Nev, you clearly do look up to have spotted these ecological helpers as Janet refers to them. We once had a bat get into our house--likely from an open deck door--and I was more concerned it would bite my cat (if he saw the bat and went after it) than concerned it would bite me. Don't know why people are frightened of bats -- much like the itty bitty mouse-- but most of us are. Me included. Interesting photo Marge managed with this one. Thanks much. ;-))

jan42ful

An interesting puzzle thanks Marge. These little bats are essential to all the bushland in Australia, and there's a lot, as they fertilize all the native trees. Some people hate them because they are noisy and smelly, but they really are a VERY important part of Aussie ecology.
Thanks and hugs to you both and tickles to Barry. ♥♥♥

This is about as close as I want to get to a bat. Any kind of bat.

I hope that everything is alright with you and Marge.

ringleader

That's neat to see, Nev. Glad you spotted them. Thanks, Marge and Nev.

pasta

EEEK!!!! ;-D