Flying Fox ActvitiesProject
Throughout the late 2019/early 2020 bush fire crises, many animals were affected by raging flames and smoke. One of the species which was hardest hit by the bush fires were Grey-Headed Flying-Foxes. However, many bat “summer camps” still stood firm through the fiery storm. In January 2020, I set out to capture and show how these camps thrived and declined through this rough period.
Summer in Australia can be quite devastating. However, it is through summer that Grey-Headed Flying-Foxes come together and form large groups. Within this period, they mate, feed, and raise their offspring. Due to the flames, fumes, and heat, unfortunately, bat populations suffered a decline. However, some communities still manage to escape this reality by grouping together near large bodies of water.
Most Flying-Foxes in the heat of summer swoop in on the water’s surface to reduce exhaustion and dehydration. This saves them from the heat of summer and helps them cool off.