Friday, April 9, 2010

The fruit bats have arrived..

While undertaking our Great Outdoors Challenge we ventured down to Cook Park for a picnic lunch.  Here we met Orange's newest residents... the fruit bats or Grey Headed Flying Foxes. 

With the flying foxes comes a range of fears and complaints - and there has been real damage done to the new apple crops in and around Orange.  The Grey Headed Flying Fox is however a threatened species nationally and in New South Wales - so there has been lots of discussions as to how to manage the situation.

If you look closely, you will see the flying foxes roosting in the tops of the old trees at back of this photo.

The kids enjoyed playing in the gardens.... a bit a ten pin bowling.....

planting a garden....

and just enjoying the open space of the park..

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