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Bats hanging in the trees

Posted by
Aaron Schmidt (Auckland, New Zealand) on 19 August 2005 in Animal & Insect.

In the Sydney Botanical Gardens, hundreds of bats were hanging from the tree tops, trying to get a few hours rest before their long night of blood-sucking and bestial indulgence. Here we see one of the bats doing a little sun tanning with arms open wide. FYI: As flying creatures, bats have evolved their "wings" completely seperately from other birds. In fact, they are more closely related to whales (through a common shrew-like ancestor about 65 million years ago) than to any bird species.

Canon EOS REBEL 1/800 second F/7.1 ISO 200 200 mm