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When my guide at the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve promised to show me the Flying Foxes, I had no idea what to expect. He did not even give me a chance to ask what species they were. Unlike other birds and wildlife, he guaranteed I will spot them.
And spot them I did. By the hundreds and thousands. All flying around or roosting upside down from trees. After all, they are bats. They are so called because their heads look like foxes with reddish-brown fur. One of the largest of bats, their wing spans from 4-5 feet. They may have a vampirish look, but they are completely harmless. They are also called Fruit Bats sometimes.
It was not easy clicking them though; they were flying or roosting at great heights – almost causing my neck to stiffen looking upwards. And at the speed they were flying around, it was a challenge focusing on them; in fact, over half the snaps I took were no good.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve was established in 1976 covering an area of 175 square kilometers, and named after the biggest river of Nepal, Koshi. The river and the adjacent areas support more than 465 species of birds; during the peak season from October – April one can expect to view more than 100 species in a single day according to the park authorities.
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