These are the cute Short-nosed Fruit Bats.
I was invited to a school last year to take some pictures of these creatures that live in the Chinese fan palms on the school grounds, so the kids can learn more about them. Stuck up in the canopy in the dark they are a challenge to see...cue robert, his big lens and light painting.
Why am I upside down?
Roosting bats are a challenge!
in Chinese culture, bats are often seen as symbols of good luck with the Cantonese pronunciation of the word for bat (蝠) being the same as the pronunciation of the word for fortune (福).
These bats are one of the very common bat species (there are around 20+ different species) in Hong Kong. They can often be found in urban environments, especially in urban parks and gardens. Just look up into the folded leaves of the Chinese Fan-palms. The males nibble the leaves to collapse the leaves providing a nice little sheltered home where he can keep his harem.
this bat is communicating with me
This bat loves to eat figs, and three species of figs have their seeds spread only by bats.