Giant — whats?

2005 June 9
by David J. Ringer

MADANG, PNG — As we drove toward Madang town today, I saw huge black things flying around. Crows? Raptors? No — bats! Huge, enormous bats. Flying foxes, they call them.

They were everywhere in the city, jostling for positions in the trees and sometimes streaming overhead in tremendous numbers, all the while screeching and carrying on like hellions.

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Lots and LOTS of flying foxes.

flying-foxes

The overcast day made the scene even spookier.

In town, I also saw Rock Doves and Pacific Swallows.

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