Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Spectacled Flying-fox

This astonishingly beautiful nectar and fruit-eating bat is the local "World Heritage" Daintree forester the Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspiculatus).
We are fortunate in Wonga Beach to have them set up Camp along a creek line running parallel to Marlin Drive. During winter the Spectacled Flying-foxes spread out into more numerous but smaller camps because their nectar diet is similarly widespread. (Rainforest trees produce less nectar in winter)
One of the most spectacular nature eco events in Cairns is the Spectacled Flying-fox "Flyout" which can be witnessed from the restaurant strip next to the lagoon at dusk as 20 000 bats take to the skies on their nightly rainforest forage for food.


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