It occurred to me that I had never seen the bats in Austin because I’m usually there when the weather is cooler and by then they’re either gone or not really much to see. Since this is the peak time for their activity, I thought I’d check it out and it was quite the spectacle.
People lined up the entire length of the South Congress Ave. bridge a couple of hours before sunset! There were traffic jams with morons running across traffic and getting into argument with the drivers (one moron kicking a truck that almost hit him) but overall, it was pretty controlled the way it would be when people show up for a 4th of July fireworks show.
There is even the “Night Wings” Sculpture as you walk by so you know you’re in the right area.
Just as the sun was setting, the swarm of bats shot out from the bottom of the bridge.
In retrospect, I should have been below the bridge to catch them against the brighter sky and skyline alas, I was trying to capture the whole scene so I had a higher vantage point with a telephoto lens.
Perhaps the boat tour might be fun too but I’ve heard that you might get covered by bat poop if you’re under there.
The bats really cover some distance:
After about 5 minutes, the magic was gone and the bats were spread out throughout the city so I decided to get a closer look
Did I mention it was crowded?
And just as quickly as they came, the streets were cleared again.