Flying foxes over the lake by Mike Coupar. These are grey headed flying foxes and are not carriers of disease.
FLYING FOXES 11.2.2013
Just because one can see a large amount of flying foxes sometimes in the evening, this does not indicate an abundance of the species. It might only indicate that one is lucky to live in an area still frequented by these magnificent animals.
Figures indicate a steady and frightening decline in the overall number in Australia .
Maybe educating the fruit-tree owners that the fruit bats only eat over-ripe fruit, that they are important to the regeneration of rainforest areas by propagating seeds during flying over these inaccessible forests etc, we might elicit more compassion for these wonderful, highly intelligent Australian mammals?
We have a fluctuating colony on our property; however it is seasonal and unfortunately not a regular visitation; but ALWAYS very welcome.
Tourism alone should not be a reason to protect these creatures, but any help from all sites could be used to change the misapprehension that prevails and that condemns these native, defenseless flying mammals to eventual final extinction.
A big PLEASE to East Gippsland Shire and any other person in charge of Native Animal Protection, use your power to change the prevailing attitudes and encourage awareness. They are so wonderful, exotic and unique.
A little tolerance goes a long way
At the moment a great place to witness the spectacular show of seeing a night sky full of quasi prehistoric ‘late dinosaurs’ silently breathing life into an otherwise empty sky, is on Lakeside Drive intersection with Karbeethong Road .
This will unfortunately be a sight for only a short time as I assume the flying foxes will be off soon.
Enjoy and wonder.
Margaret and Peter Kurz