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Formation flying… The Straw-coloured Fruit Bat is the most widely distributed of all the African megabats. It is quite common throughout its area ranging from the southwestern Arabian Peninsula, across forest and savanna zones of sub-Saharan Africa.


These bats were seen at their roost site in the Atewa Forest in Ghana, west Africa.


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Fruit eating bat, Artibeus sp., probably a Great Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus lituratus). Grenada W. I.

many were still hanging on trees, a few were agitating to take flight

cette place où les ombres blanches

dérivent (le poids est une amertume)

tant d’émanations


la roussette à contre-jour

froide malgré la crise spasmodique


s’évanouissant entre les bois et les pierres

qui écrasent le silence

de l’insinuation il se jette de tout son saoul

en chantant de la syrinx

au creux du bruissement d’or

des scories et de la poudre de lave

avec les clés pour délivrer les essences


fresque d’hiver bientôt

oublié et le combat des premiers frissons

sur les bouquets d’aiguilles rien

n’est vraiment défini


le feu avance

son vertige seulement


je te prends par la main avec l’assiduité

du rhizome pendant que le fruit de tes yeux

écartent les voiles sans en avoir assez

rejetant les murs plus loin et plus loin encore

leurs plaintes rapaces étourdissant les mystères


tu entres avec les hésitations vacillantes

au bout d’un fil harmonique

ton aura persévère à la hauteur

d’ épaules des élytres prennent racine


des nuits blanches à espérer

seules des nuits à emprunter

les barques noires seulement

fièvre calme pendant que des nuages

de marbre pentélique glissent avant

de se teindre en vision sonore d’une caresse


quelque chose


se trame

ton organe vasculaire est débordé



il y a tant d’humidité dans ton esprit

tant de gouttes accumulées que les arbres

les retiennent l’air de rien

ces arbres indolores et les heures

indiscernables qui les entourent

elliptiques à leurs corps défendant

chairs d’heures.


le réel oublie qu’il est réel



dérives de l’insinuation

écrit le 03 mars 2013


Straw-coloured Fruit Bats travel in massive colonies of at least 100,000 bats and sometimes massing up to 1 million. Their necks and backs are a yellowish-brown colour, while their undersides are tawny olive or brownish. The average weight of these bats ranges from 8 to 12 oz (230 to 340 g) and the animals grow to 5.7 to 9 in (14 to 23 cm) in length, with wings spanning up to 30 in (76 cm).


This bat is seen approaching the very crowded roost site in the Atewa Forest in Ghana, west Africa.


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My new bat was basically designed as a response to the deficiencies of my older bat design. This one is better proportioned, more in line with my highly geometric, "half opened" style, and MUCH easier to fold. I also put way less emphasis on torturing some relatively minor details out of the paper (see the older bat's face and toes).


While coming up with the photographed version of the model, I made several versions that more closely resemble actual species of bat. I may fold and photograph better versions of those models in the future but right now I'm digging the sort of Platonic ideal of batness that this model represents.

A Short-nosed Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) flies off with a ripe fig (Ficus fistulosa) it has selected. Rather than eating on the spot, the bat will carry the fig off to a favorite perch where it can dine in safety, thus helping to spread the tree's seeds. Sarawak, Malaysia.

Combination of 5 images to create a fruit bat flying towards its feeding ground

more bats here :

@phoenix walk, SG

They spend their day sleeping in the trees and at dusk wake up and take off for a night of feeding


Flying-foxes are the largest of Australia’s bats

Flying-foxes are important pollinators and seed dispersers

Large numbers are essential for forest pollination and seed dispersal

Females have one pup each year

Also called fruit bats

captured in the flight path on their way to feed on fruits

@phoenix walk, SG

this one was captured with fruit in mouth. As the bat was flying directly towards me with an airspeed of approx. 2.5m/s, the dof was insufficient to keep the subject in sharp focus throughout the flight path. I was using a 4hz, 4 frames setting for this. However, with this setup, I only managed to capture 3 images in a single frame.

This was the first time I successfully applied this technique (after several failed attempts) in capturing multiple images of a flying bat in a single frame. It's a little tricky but for me, the result is both fascinating and rewarding.

For technical details :

moth :

@phoenix walk, sg

Photo of a Flying Fox(Fruit Bat)taken at Caversham Wildlife Park,North of Perth Western Australia.Image taken with a Nikon D300s and a Sigma 150-500mm Apo Telephoto lens.Background texture added.

captured in the flight path on their way to feed on fruits

@phoenix walk, SG

with fan-out wings exposing its entire body...don't you think it's sexy?

phoenix walk, SG

Just like us, they are mammals and the only one capable of natural flight.

Its spread-out membrane can be clearly seen this image.

@phoenix walk, SG

fruit bats and flying foxes, Considered a menace but that doesn't stop them from being cute little flying puppy dogs!

A male species looking for fruit, flying pass a papaya tree

@phoenix walk, SG

captured in the flight path on their way to feed on fruits

This species is the most commonly seen in sg, also the easiest to shoot.

@phoenix walk, SG


A female species looking for fruit

@phoenix walk, SG

In Rosalind Park, Bendigo AU

A fruit bat in Bristol zoo grabs some shut eye.

Something chitters in the darkness...

A Rodrigues fruit bat in the bat house at Chester zoo

Nikon D7100 _70-200m f/4_

Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Chiroptera

Family: Pteropodidae

Genus: Epomophorus

Species: Epomophorus wahlbergi


Simunye, Swaziland




Welcome to my Flickr 365 Project! I’m calling it my 365 Species Project, because for each day of the year, I will post a photo of a different species of organism... My goal was to accomplish all of this in 2013, but I soon found out that it was more daunting a task than I'd realized. Instead, my new goal is to get through 365 by the end of 2014, still an impressive average of a new species every other day for two years.


We're in the home stretch, now!!! It's December, which means I'm down to my last 31 days to get it all done in 2 years. Somewhat unfortunately, I'm getting slammed at the end of my first semester in graduate school, so the project has really dropped toward the bottom of the old priority list. Nonetheless, I'm going to do my best to get them all in under the wire. Excuse the massive posts!


Took this from the balcony of my hotel room. These Spectacled Flying Foxes really impressed us. There were thousands making the nightly trip between their daytime colony and their nighttime roost on a nearby island.

Allwetterzoo Münster (Germany), January 2009


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