Thursday, March 29, 2007

Quiz - no birds


Amazing flight, quite a rare sight in broad daylight, but these aren't birds - so what are they?
And the answer does not lie with Magritte.

Un vol spectaculaire, franchement rare en plein jour, mais ce ne sont pas des oiseaux. Alors quoi ?
Et ne cherchez pas la réponse du côté de Magritte.

30 comments:

Erica said...

flying foxes...I've never seen them in these numbers in the day, must have been the Botanic Gardens colony having a day out

Pod said...

darn! i was beaten, but then i would know so i would have spoiled it for everyone else. have a good day madame! fancy a cuppa soon? i am knocked out next week..gotta have some dental surgery. eek :o/

Gerald England said...

Erica is probably right and has local knowledge.

My only thought was they might be kites but there's no sign of strings.

Nathalie said...

My first commentator dobbed me in, naughty girl, but then I have a second question for you, and this one won't be easier to answer for locals than for anybody else: Why were they out in broad daylight?

GiuCe said...

wow... a lot of birds, i've seen too many birds just once, it's amazing!!!

isabella said...

Flying foxes? Never seen them before - spooky! They look like bats to me...

PS You are linked on my site today ;-)

Keropok Man said...

hmmm i thought they were bats!

how interesting that they are flying foxes.

Nathalie said...

Isabella and Keropok, you were both right in thinking they were bats. Flying foxes and bats are the same thing!

Cergie said...

En Côte d'Ivoire, nous avions des chauves souris qui sortaient du toit
Je présume que ce sont des chauves souris ?
Elles dansaient le soir autour des manguiers à Abidjan


Très belle photo illuminée par la tour dorée sur le coté
Dorée ou cuivrée jaune plutôt ? Comme un tourne vis

hpy said...

Seraient-elles en train de déménager en vue de s'accoupler?
(Je ne vois aucune autre raison pour faire sortir autant de chauve-souris en plein jour. Au moins de leur plein gré.)

kris said...

not good at quizes, was thinking they're bats :p . Anyway, love the shot!

Carraol said...

At first sight they look like bats, but every day we can learn something, they are cousins of the flying foxes. I can't imagine how they sounds all together. Great catch! Thanks for your visit, I do appreciate & sorry for take so long in answer, it was an hectic week. Cheers from MC.

Spica said...

Pfff... c'est pas marrant d'être à l'autre bout du monde. Y'a toujours pleins d'autres commentaires avant moi. Mais j'avais deviné pour les chauve-souris (d'ailleurs, ça se voit bien quand on regarde la photo en grand).

Maintenant, pourquoi elles étaient de sortie ? Ca, je peux pas dire. Quequ'un a du les déranger. Des travaux peut-être ?

Coryed said...

I guess it's some bats (des chauves souris non?) :)

Inconsequential said...

better than mine :(

cool :)

Bill said...

OK, my guess to question #2:

There is not enough food so they have to forage during the day also?

alice said...

Flying foxes! Et pourquoi pas "éléphants planants" ou autre truc du même genre? Bon, tu vas me répondre que les souris ne volent pas non plus mais quand même, avoue que c'est un drôle de nom!

Mandi said...

Amazing photo! At first glance they look just like birds but then I enlarged the photo. I would have said bats. Flying foxes?... I'll have to have a second look. Amazing!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I was going to say, "bats." Nature sure needs them.

I will try turning off word verification.

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Dsole said...

wowow I don't know but your photo is AMAZING!

Chris & Deb said...

Wow! Never knew bats and flying foxes were technically the same thing. Never heard of flying foxes actually.
Either they're out in the daylight because of some type of disturbance, or they're searching for water....?

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Flying foxes or bats!

Kate said...

Natalie, After living 2 wks in Chateau Dumpeau here in Mazatlan before I found my current lovely bat-free apartment, I immediately thought of bats. I couldn't respond initally tho because I am still tramatized by sharing my bedroom with bats after I first arrived here. But, according to the "treachery of images," these really are not bats or flying foxes, they are just IMAGES of them!! Clever photo, even tho you didn't fully stump some of us!!

d. chedwick bryant said...

they look much larger than our dear little Catskill Mtn. bats--- we also have flying squirrels, but they only sail through the air for short distances.

blueboat said...

fantastic - I'd no idea bats went out during the day

M.Benaut said...

There's enough bats to make one go "bats" !!

ruth said...

OH! I'm glad to know they are bats, which is what I thought. Never heard of flying foxes either, Isabella!

Very cool photo. Don't know about the daytime thing though.

watchthis said...

Batman returns

Andrew said...

Flying fox indeed. You have amazing courage to be snapping pictures when there are flying foxes in the area.

Olivier said...

une tre belle photo, je te fais la meme mais avec des tonnes d'etourneaux (je crois je deteste autant les etourneaux et les pigeons).