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Demise of the flying fox II by Chris Westinghouse


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Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus).
I have always loved Sydney’s flying foxes, which are to be found in many locations around the city, most memorably in the Royal Botanical Gardens. There is a community in my local park in Leichhardt, where, a few months ago, I found one lying dead on the pavement beneath a massive Moreton Fig tree. Not wanting to let it suffer the indignity of being ripped up by dogs, I removed it to my studio and took a series of photographs. This is one that I am fond of. Having faced death many times myself, I found this creature to be both fascinating and dignified in death, and I was determined that it should endure in my photography. I will consider making other images available here.


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Photographer and freelance photojournalist in Melbourne, Australia.

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