Published on Jan 28, 2014
For a wildlife spectacular on a world scale it is worth while coming to watch the little red flying-foxes at Regents Park in Brisbane. The spectacular fly-out is amazing. A rough estimate would be around 80 - 100,000 flying-foxes. You don't get to see this every day.
A walk along the footpath with residents houses alongside, it is now a very busy neighbourhood. If you listen carefully one resident is running a lawn mower near the fence to keep the bats out of his backyard trees. He must have removed a spark plug as it splutters and backfires. That's why they are noisy, the more you disturb them the noisier they are. On the other side of the reserve there is a car park where mums and dads are picking up their children from school, today was the first day back so why the bats are so on edge as well.
The bats will not stay long, that's all we can say. Be patient they will go again as soon as the flowering decreases. These magical little mammals pollinate the bloodwoods and other native trees, they love the flowering mangroves which abound in Moreton Bay SE Qld. Their numbers are swollen at present due to good flowering here and the dry hot temperatures inland drive them to where the flowering will sustain them. You could say they have come for a sea change. It's a magical sight to see. Protect them or loose them. They are worthy of appreciation.