When I found out about Skywatch, these were the first pictures that came to mind, and the ones I wanted to use for my first post. They're from July, in Hill Country Texas. The cave has one of the biggest roosts of Mexican Free-tailed Bats and Cave Miotis. They started to come out of the cave a little after 8pm to forage, but because there were millions upon millions of bats, they were STILL coming out until after 10 pm! We stayed the whole time, mesmerized by the whole shebang. I got peed on a couple times ( I guess that'll happen!) as they were swooshing and zooming right past our heads. The cave miotis forage really low on the ground, picking bugs of vegetation and the like. In comparison, the Free-taileds catch insects higher in the air.
There were several Swainson's Hawks and a merlin preying on the bats. Pretty crazy stuff to watch! There are obviously millions of bats in the photos, but even that doesn't do the numbers justice. Definitely one of the cooler things I've seen! As we were leaving, there was a baby bat on the ground. The babies will hang on when the parents forage and sometimes fall off, but the moms will come back to pick them back up (not sure how often, but makes me feel better that it DOES happen!).
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