Holy Batman! I've seen an odd number of bats flying around my street, and the other day, after walking the dogs, my husband showed me a picture he took with his phone of bats emerging from underneath a nearby bridge. I couldn't believe there was a bat bridge so close, and based on the photo he took, there were a lot! Yesterday evening, we went to get a closer look and hauled the camera and digital video recorder along.
Arriving there, you could tell there were bats under the bridge without seeing them. There was a definite funk in the air (where there are bats, there are bat poops), and you could hear chirping. SO EXCITING! Around 8:15, they emerged and much more quickly than I would have thought.
We weren't the only people watching...
Past the bridge, they started on their journey for their nocturnal feasting...
Some of the bats were getting pretty close, and I kept repeating, "If I don't move, they won't fly into me. Stay still. Take the photos."
They were almost following a zig-zag path out and away. Click the picture below for bigger.
Someone was about to drive over the bridge while all of this was happening and quickly stopped and pulled over. They were also impressed with the display.
I have no idea if the bats are here all year, and I have no idea what kind of bats they are. To make it worse, I wasn't able to get very good shots - this makes me think that maybe I do need a 300mm lens...
If you're in Austin and want to check it out, this bat bridge is located on Dittmar Rd. between Peaceful Hill Ln. and Lunar Dr.
We have video, so stay tuned for a future bat post! I might also try to go back and get better shots.