I've been meaning to tax some photos, which I finally got around to doing on Sunday. First a few zooming in on the colony:
And now a short bit of video:
One thing I don't understand about flying foxes is this: they are black winged and dark furred, yet they are happy to roost in these trees which don't provide shade. In Brisbane, if I wore a black leather coat and hung in the sun for the entire daylight hours, I would expect to be way too hot for about 90% of the year. Why don't these animals find shade?
I see from a bit of Googling this book section about their thermoregulation (and other matters):
Somewhat interesting, but instead of all that wing fanning and (according to another website, body licking) that they do to keep cool, why not just find more shade?