The park is also the home of many species of flora and fauna, including being the major roost site of Grey Headed Flying Foxes (bats), which are currently classified as a threatened species. Flying foxes are an example of the dire effects of altering our natural environment. Due to enormous rates of deforestation in Queensland and a greater food supply in south eastern Australia, Grey Headed Flying Foxes migrated down south and found a new habitat in Melbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens. Due to the public demand their removal form the Botanical Gardens, the State government coordinated a mass habitat relocation of the bats using sonar to direct them to possible habitats. The bats decided to choose Yarra Bend Park.
This post is part of the Scenic Sunday meme,
and also the Sunday Bridges meme.
|Kayaking on the Yarra River that winds its way through the parklands
|Flying foxes roosting for the day on gum trees in the park
|The Grey-headed Flying-Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is a megabat native to Australia. The genus Pteropus currently has over 60 recognised species, which include the largest bats in the world
|The Grey-Headed Flying-Fox is the largest bat in Australia. It is tailless with claws on its first and second digits. Since it does not echolocate, it relies on sight to locate its food (nectar, pollen and native fruits) and thus has large eyes