Friday, October 14, 2005

Indian Flying Fox

I returned today from my trip to India and Sri Lanka. I did not find my target species, the Hoopoe, but I was quite impressed by the colonies of a very large fruit-eating bat, the Indian Flying Fox. I estimated the wingspan of this one at about 3 ft., and it was not the largest that I saw. In Colombo a "camp" of about 50 of these bats was roosting in trees at eye-level from my room window in the Hilton Hotel.


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