This evening I witnessed a rare and incredible sight; a sky filled with thousands of bats flocking towards the south. It’s not uncommon to see large bats in the Gold Coast, but it is rare to see more than two or three at a time, much less a thousand. I wonder where they were going?
I realize that the bats look like mosquitoes in these pictures, but it was quite incredible to watch them flock by for over 15 minutes. I’ve never seen anything like it and wish I had a higher quality camera to capture this phenomenon… Rats! (or should I say BATS!)
If you know anything about bat migration patterns and have an explanation for this strange behaviour, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
15/02/2016 UPDATE: I’ve now seen the bats 2 more times, so I guess it’s not as rare as I though. A lot of Australian people have contacted me saying that they’ve recently noticed bats doing the same thing in different locations around the country. After talking to a lot of people and doing some research, it is likely that the bats are flocking towards food, following seasonal migration patterns.
04/03/2016 UPDATE: Just kidding, I found out I live near a bat colony. Apparently this happens every night but I’ve never noticed it.