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© Gijs Bekenkamp
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A Fruitbat in flight near The Mataranka hot spring, Australia.

The Mataranka hot springs were once very well visited. But now there are hardly any people. It is situated in a beautiful area, there is a posh resort build right next to it and it is very close to the highway which makes it easily accessible. But recently business has been spoiled by flying creatures. A mass of thousands of bats flew in and are not likely to leave anytime soon.

I don't make it completely clean to the hot springs. Everywhere you look there are bat dumpings and the smell is overwhelming.

77 responses

  • melanie matteoli

    melanie matteoli said (21 Sep 2007):

    Wow! What an amazing shot! I love how you can see the veins... great job!

  • Karin J. Burton

    Karin J. Burton said (21 Sep 2007):

    Great capture!

  • Megan Williams

    Megan Williams said (21 Sep 2007):

    This is amazing.

  • Nicholas Hendrickx

    Nicholas Hendrickx said (23 Sep 2007):

    So it's real? Wow!

  • Antonello Incagnone

    Antonello Incagnone   said (26 Sep 2007):

    who has tried to photograph knows it how much is difficult.
    bravo, bravo

  • Photo Gothic

    Photo Gothic gave props (28 Sep 2007):

    nice job.

  • Roland Hasseleid

    Roland Hasseleid (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2007):

    Nice shot.

  • James Bailey

    James Bailey said (22 Oct 2007):

    wow, thats really great!

  • robino

    robino said (6 Nov 2007):

    man, that's such an awesome capture!

  • eni turkeshi

    eni turkeshi (Deleted) said (8 Nov 2007):

    great!

  • Anca Demian

    Anca Demian (Deleted) said (14 Nov 2007):

    How did you know the name so well?
    Awsesome capture, I love it, and the bat is so cute. :]

  • Audra Marie Bredwood

    Audra Marie Bredwood said (16 Nov 2007):

    The little guy is so cute!

  • barbee cain

    barbee cain said (3 Dec 2007):

    incredible! i love bats! :)
    namaste
    barbee

  • Meredith Ensell

    Meredith Ensell said (7 Dec 2007):

    Fabulous capture, I would just love to see this in black and white.

  • alisa courtney

    alisa courtney gave props (7 Dec 2007):

    amazing capture. i love the crip details! plus, i've always been a sucker for bats.

  • Jason Seda

    Jason Seda gave props (7 Dec 2007):

    exelente, very nice

  • weebzam

    weebzam said (8 Dec 2007):

    I'm romanian, thanks for the vlad dracul thing...
    it's a bat, right?

  • Gijs Bekenkamp

    Gijs Bekenkamp said (9 Dec 2007):

    yep, it's a fruit bat. I made this shot in the North of the Australian outback.

  • Bridget Badore

    Bridget Badore gave props (9 Dec 2007):

    neat!

  • Devon Willson

    Devon Willson said (11 Dec 2007):

    Very cool shot. More fitting for a different theme like Split second I would think

  • Gijs Bekenkamp

    Gijs Bekenkamp said (11 Dec 2007):

    And I've swapped it. I guess you're right Devon. Let's see what happenes

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (14 Dec 2007):

    great capture! amazing photo

  • Tiffany Edwards

    Tiffany Edwards gave props (17 Dec 2007):

    Awesome.

  • Mike Despot

    Mike Despot said (19 Dec 2007):

    The discriton sounds awful but the photo is perfect. Great job getting this split second photo.

  • Yusuf Özkızıl

    Yusuf Özkızıl gave props (22 Dec 2007):

    good catch

  • Noe Todorovich

    Noe Todorovich gave props (29 Dec 2007):

    Great picture!

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2007):

    Wow!

  • coree coppinger

    coree coppinger gave props (1 Jan 2008):

    these guys are had to catch...

  • Bruce Kennedy

    Bruce Kennedy gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Great shot - timing, timing, timing...

  • David Rowan

    David Rowan said (23 Jan 2008):

    Amazing, its like a little furry person on a glider that its made. Love it..

  • Jessica Kuligowski

    Jessica Kuligowski gave props (29 Jan 2008):

    Awesome!!!!!!

  • John Baycroft

    John Baycroft said (14 Feb 2008):

    I fly like this sometimes in my dreams. If they ever do a theme on evolution, this would have top be right up there on the eligibility list. We are still trying to perfect something they had mastered millions of years ago. Wild !

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (31 Mar 2008):

    Excellent. In all respects. Great street foto...

  • marshall

    marshall gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    looks like one of those hang-gliders. nice capture!

  • * Tabitha Payne

    * Tabitha Payne gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Got my Vote! Awesome!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2008):

    Amazing Capture !!! :)

  • Kelly Maize

    Kelly Maize gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    Really cool.

  • Nick Edens

    Nick Edens gave props (10 Apr 2008):

    Perfect timing!

  • Andrew Benedict

    Andrew Benedict gave props (13 Apr 2008):

    i think you might win the "creature" theme...nice shot

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (13 Apr 2008):

    Absolutley amazing capture!! They are so fast and zig zag so quickly! You're lucky if you get them in the frame at all! :-) I am sorry for the resort, but kudos to the bats! They are so needed for pollination and insect control, and habitats are shrinking...

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (14 Apr 2008):

    yes - fantastic flight shot! wonderful timing

  • Natalie Franco

    Natalie Franco (Deleted) gave props (14 Apr 2008):

    You will have my vote as well. Once again we see true great photography from you. I just love how you capture this animal and how you can see the so clearly the veins in his wings !!

  • Kimberly Wilkie

    Kimberly Wilkie gave props (15 Apr 2008):

    You have done wonderfully with such a difficult subject.

  • Virgilio Rodriguez Jr

    Virgilio Rodriguez Jr gave props (16 Apr 2008):

    This one got my vote. What a beautiful shot. You made an animal that looked ugly to me beautiful.

  • Aimee Goggins

    Aimee Goggins said (19 Apr 2008):

    Amazing shot!

  • Christie Severin

    Christie Severin (Deleted) said (21 Apr 2008):

    now this is freakin sweet

  • Nathan Nowack

    Nathan Nowack gave props (26 Apr 2008):

    Wow, You've got tons more votes then My bat did. Nice Capture!

  • Bhu Sullivan

    Bhu Sullivan said (26 Apr 2008):

    Nice one Gijs.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (27 Apr 2008):

    Soooo .... not a good place to go, unless you want to take pics of fruit bats?

  • Gijs Bekenkamp

    Gijs Bekenkamp said (28 Apr 2008):

    Exactly Richard,
    although there are plenty of hotsprings in the neighboorhood. This surprise was good for a change

  • Ro B

    Ro B gave props (29 Apr 2008):

    Fantastic! Gave it a big Yeah!

  • Kate Jackson

    Kate Jackson gave props (1 May 2008):

    Cool.

  • vasco riobom

    vasco riobom gave props (8 May 2008):

    wonderful

  • Niki Conolly

    Niki Conolly gave props (9 May 2008):

    Wonderful! v

  • Jarrard Cole

    Jarrard Cole gave props (17 May 2008):

    Excellent capture

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 May 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Tessa Hutchison

    Tessa Hutchison (Deleted) said (22 May 2008):

    A great capture!

  • Fran Ott

    Fran Ott gave props (25 May 2008):

    Wow! Excellent capture.

  • Nicholas Hendrickx

    Nicholas Hendrickx gave props (2 Jun 2008):

    I hope this will finally get picked!

  • Koduckgirl

    Koduckgirl gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    gorgeous looks like a flying bear

  • Natalia Delgado

    Natalia Delgado gave props (8 Jun 2008):

    Perfect timing!

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2008):

    Nice pic for "creatures" theme

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    Whoah! A nude paraglider!

  • Claudia Martin

    Claudia Martin gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    this may be the best photo of a bat I've ever seen

  • Bronwyn B

    Bronwyn B gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    Wow, this is so cool! Great shot! Really amazing

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (23 Nov 2008):

    wow....super cool!

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (19 Feb 2009):

    cool, that is a good shot !

  • Scott Eagle

    Scott Eagle gave props (17 Aug 2009):

    Stupendous, wow what a unique image!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (6 Sep 2009):

    fabulous :))

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (1 Apr 2010):

    An outstanding image! Very well done...

  • Reggie Mateo

    Reggie Mateo gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    Great catch!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    Creepy but in a cool way!

  • ♥ Kishi ♥

    ♥ Kishi ♥ gave props (16 Aug 2010):

    Amazing.............♥

  • Michael Fuchs

    Michael Fuchs gave props (6 Jan 2013):

    I can imagine the difficulty of getting this shot. Well done. It is very crisp and clear. Nice image.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (28 Jan 2013):

    Very nice

  • Cayce Dagenhart

    Cayce Dagenhart gave props (10 Aug 2013):

    Wonderful Bat!! They are beautiful.

  • B. Orion

    B. Orion gave props (8 May 2014):

    Awesome!

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