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Grey-headed Flying Fox (colony July 2016)

Pteropus poliocephalus


It's 3 years since I've visited this colony - and I was horrified only a couple of days ago to see the camp devoid of any bats. I don't know where they were, but 2 days later and they're back. This colony looks very healthy. Back in 2012 when I first saw this colony, it was very small and stressed due to relocation and hot weather. 4 years later, and the colony is massive. Here's the original spotting -


Roosting in Casuarina trees and other natives, in a large colony at North Avoca on the NSW Central Coast. Situated near a large coastal lagoon.


In NSW, this species was listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Oh wow, thanks very much for the SOTD. Cheers Ashley, Pradeep, and Rob. These are amazing animals, and I've enjoyed watching them these past few years.

triggsturner 4 years ago

Excellent spotting Neil. Well done on your SOTD.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 4 years ago

Congratulations for the SOTD!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Congrats Neil, your Flying Fox colony has been selected as Spotting of the Day!



AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Thanks, Daniele. They are fascinating animals. One thing that is obvious to me is the tree foliage that has been damaged over time. I think they have become more accustomed to people as well, having taken up a permanent location where there are constant passers-by.

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Great spotting Neil, glad the colony is healthy! These follow-up spottings are great contributions.

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

NSW, Australia

Spotted on Jul 25, 2016
Submitted on Aug 2, 2016

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