Grey-headed Flying Fox drinking behaviour

ANZANG 2011 – Overall winner

Grey-headed Flying Foxes drink in a unique way. They swoop low, skimming the water with their belly. They then lick the wet fur as they fly and continue licking when perched nearby. This behaviour usually occurs at dusk and night, but when the temperature reaches 35 degrees and above they will drink during the day. In order to get this image I stood in chest-deep water with the camera and lens mounted on a tripod.

Parramatta Park, New South Wales

Canon 1D MkIV, Canon 600mm f/4 IS lens, 1/3200, f5.6, iso 1000

by Ofer Levy, New South Wales