Grey-headed flying-foxes, Pteropus poliocephalus

Grey-headed flying-foxes use their wings as raincoats to keep dry during summer downpours. A keystone species, and one of Australia’s most effective long distance pollinators and seed dispersers, they are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Major threats include continued habitat destruction, camp disturbance and increasing heat stress events.

Yarra Bend Park, Kew, Victoria

Nikon D5, Nikon 400mm f2.8, 1/1250, f/8.0, ISO 12, 800, Gitzo mountaineer tripod with a Really Right Stuff ball head

by Doug Gimesy, Victoria