GHFF in the wild - etech

February 8th, 2009. Parramatta Park. 40C+ and relatively low humidity gave conditions that were getting uncomfortably close to heat stress which can cause mass mortality in grey headed flying fox colonies. On the same day, thousands of greys died in heat stress conditions further south in Melbourne.

This flying fox is belly dipping in Parramatta River to rehydrate and cool herself. It's a technique that requires a lot of skill. Heat stress seems to kill a lot of very young bats and part of the reason may be that their flight skills just aren't good enough for them to belly dip.