Image: Best of Eureka - Grey-headed Flying Fox cool down
A Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus Poliocephalus) skims the water at Cabramatta Creek in south-western Sydney. During extreme heat, flying foxes use the water to cool off, alighting in nearby trees to lick it from their fur. Flying fox numbers have declined by over 30 per cent in the past decade. Loss of established colonies restricts the animals to fewer sites, giving the illusion their numbers are still plentiful when in fact they are on the vulnerable species list.
- Robert Griffith
- © Robert Griffith