Madagascar Flying Fox

Madagascar Flying Fox, Berenty Reserve, MadagascarThe light wasn’t great on this one, but I liked the outstretched wings of this Madagascar flying fox just after it came in to roost. Shouldn’t be a surprise from the picture, that flying foxes are actually bats — the largest in the world. They also go by the name of fruit bats. Their diet consists mostly of juice from fruits that they squeeze into their mouths. This one was part of a colony of about a hundred, roosting high in the trees of Berenty Reserve in the south of Madagascar.
Nikon D200 with Nikkor 600mm 5.6 manual focus lens, ISO 400, f/8 at 1/125th of a second

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  1. Charla Myers May 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

    WOW! I think the light’s amazing in that you can truly study its bones, muscles, and veins–LOVE this one!

    • Sean Crane May 10, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

      Thanks Charla. They are pretty cool creatures, those flying foxes.

  2. Kim S. Schinkel May 9, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

    And they’ll never know the meaning of the word “scurvy”, those handsome little studs!

    • Sean Crane May 10, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

      No doubt. And they are pretty handsome little guys (although not so little).

  3. Sue May 10, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    That is totally awesome! It would make for a great wall hanger on Halloween.

    • Sean Crane May 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

      Good idea Sue. For sure has some Dracula in him.

  4. Susan Rubeo May 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Size is incredible see where it got its name from
    Another great photo Sean

    Aunt Sue

    • Sean Crane May 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

      Yes, hard to believe that a bat has such a cute fox-like face.

  5. Peter Butterfield May 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    —– Wind broke umbrella
    —– With surprising foxy visage
    —– So truly enchanting.

  6. Rick Derevan May 11, 2017 at 12:06 am #

    Would love to see one of these.

  7. John Saldanha, May 12, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    When a boy, I used to see groups of around a 100 “flying foxes” winging to their feeding grounds just after twilight. All sadly changed to much smaller flocks, I am afraid. Your excellent picture brings back memories. Thank you for a memorable picture. John