Photographing our fellow mammals

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Photographing our fellow mammals
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2018 00:12:41 +0000

Interesting pictures. Actually to think about it, it is a strange behaviour. Ignoring marsupials, very few other mammal mothers carry their babies around, most don’t have the facility, (primates often do) but flying and carrying babies is a strange combination. With the small bats, the mother carries them around only for a few days (nights actually) after birth, then leaves them in a crèche or wherever to return to feed them. Flying foxes carry the young around.  Birds don’t do it, apart from a few waterbirds but in walking or swimming.  




From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Friday, 2 February, 2018 11:50 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Photographing our fellow mammals


The dramatically  large concentration of flying foxes at Commonwealth Park has even casual passers-by snapping away with their phones.  As they fly slowly and relatively low the FFs are quite easy to photograph in flight.  More of a challenge is picking out a female carrying young.  Examples below.




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