Bats of san antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Bats of san antonio Reviews
Bats of san antonio Nov 12, 2007
There are very few places in the US where you can witness millions of bats leaving their roosts to go hunting for food. San Antonio is lucky to be near two very easy spots:
One is the Congress St. Bridge in Austin. Advantage - Austin is fun, lots of shopping, restaurants, live music. Downside - it's an urban setting, noise and traffic.
The other is the bat cave at Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area near Fredericksburg. Upside - cool wilderness setting, shopping, and restaurants nearby in Fredericksburg. Disadvantage - viewing area has limited capacity and they close off the area when it reaches capacity (get there early.)
OK here's a secret about the bats (at either location.) While it's way cool to watch them leave at dusk, it's even more cool to watch them come back in the morning. Arrive about 30 minutes before sunrise. Yes I know it's early, but it's worth it! As you approach the roosts, you'll hear this vibrating noise, sort of like paper tearing. It sounds so close. As it gradually gets lighter, you'll start to see them, thousands of bats diving down and into the tunnel or under the bridge. It's so cool! The bats feed at up to two miles high, when they are ready to come back to roost, they tuck in their wings and start a freefall. As the get close to the ground, they open their wings to navigate back to their spot, that's the noise you hear.
As I understand the bats, the population grows throughout the summer with peak populations in late August early September. Also, as summer goes on they start leaving to feed earlier.
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