Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bat watching in Austin

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
Went out to the Congress Ave. bridge to see the famed Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) take flight at dusk. It was quite a spectacular site.

First there were just a few, and then a torrent of bats flying out from under the bridge! The photo here doesn't do it justice. Here are  some more pictures, that also show the human watchers (on land and water).

Learn more about this bat at the Encyclopedia of Life and read more at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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