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Austin Photography - Bat Bridge

On a whim and MUCH past the kids beadtime, we decided to stop by a local bridge that houses a colony of bats. Each night around dusk, the colony heads out to feed. There are 1.8 million of these little insect vacums that hit the skies each night and gobble up close to 30,000 pounds of insects! With that much activity, you'd wonder why you get bit by even ONE mosquito!

As the time drew closer, we spotted a hawk soaring above, just waiting for his dinner to emerge. At just about 8:15 tonight, they came streaming out and over the small group of watchers that gathered there silent, even the kids… EVEN MIKEY!

Here are some photos - given the subject - bats - I wanted to make some spooky looking photos. Grace had borrowed a rubber bat from a person there who was from the American Bat Conservancy and was playing with it….

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000

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If you look at the lights under the bridge, you will see the bats zipping around there... Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/4 @ 1/30 ISO 2000

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000