Thai Temple Flying Fox Photography - Merlin Tuttle

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Merlin photographing a Lyle’s flying fox colony at the Jantraram Temple in Thailand - Large flying foxes are always difficult to photograph, especially since they’re intensively hunted over their range. But in Thailand there are still several colonies of Lyle’s flying foxes (Pteropus lylei) that are protected by Buddhist monks.

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Thai Temple Flying Fox Photography | Merlin Tuttle Source: www.merlintuttle.com/2015/04/25/thai-temple-flying-fox-photography By Paula: Apr 25 2015 Thai Temple Flying Fox Photography -------------------------------------- Large flying foxes are always difficult to photograph especially since they’re intensively hunted over their range. But in Thailand there are still several colonies of Lyle’s flying foxes Pteropus lylei that are protected by Buddhist monks. The bats have learned that they are safe when close to the monks’ quarters. And by also remaining close to the monks’ quarters we were able to photograph them much closer than usual though it still required a great deal of searching for just the right individuals. Once found it sometimes took hours to get exactly the right shot. In fact Merlin and I and our Thai guide P’Kwang had to wait three hours before one of the pups looked up from its mother enabling Merlin to take an extra cute

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photo. Due to bright light from above P’Kwang had to hold a black cape over Merlin’s head so he could see the LCD screen on the camera. “Flying fox family in Neem tree” “Tres amigos Pteropus lylei in a palm tree in Thailand”

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These bats and other large flying fox species were abundant a hundred years ago and played a key role in seed dispersal for trees like the Neem seen in two of these photographs. It is valued for medicinal and pest repellent properties. Unfortunately very few flying foxes remain in Thailand and their invaluable services have been largely lost. Thanks to the monks visitors to Thailand can still enjoy viewing a few of these . magnificent animals “Merlin photographing a Lyle’s flying fox colony at the Jantraram Temple in Thailand” -------------------------------------- TAGS bat conservation bat photography conservation endangered species flying fox thailand merlin tuttle bat photos -------------------------------------- Article Source: www.merlintuttle.com/2015/04/25/thai-temple-flying-fox-photography Read More Stories: http://www.merlintuttle.com/news-blog/ ___________________________________________________________________

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