Austin Congress Bridge Bats – The Austin Congress Bridge Bat come out from under the bridge on a nightly basis from March to October every year. It draws a crowd of locals to tourist to see at least once while here. The Ann Richards Congress Bridge bat watch becomes almost a festival event now with hundreds of people on the bridge, on boats and along the hike and bike trail near the American statesman. There are people playing music, selling stuff, almost nightly. The bats can be seen from anywhere in this area but our favorite viewing area is at the bridge. There are something like 1.5 million Mexican Freetail bats that come out after the sun sets but in this time of year there are many more as the baby bat are now flying so there number increase. People come to Austin and along with the State Capital the bats are right there in popularity as a must see while here. The sky picked up this wonderful orange glow as we photographed this scene at the Austin Congress
Bridge bats show as we have done so many times before only this time we had bats! Yes the bats have been very elusive to us at times but it seems this is one of the best time of year to catch them. So we took another chance and went back into downtown Austin to see if we could capture a decent shot. The bats were all coming out at the same time in waves this time so the sky would explode with bats for at least five minutes and then they were gone or separating out to go their own ways. This image capture one of the many shots of the Austin Congress Bridge Bats we photographed on this night.
Austin Congress Bat Watch – Austin Bat are a tourist attraction that has been going on for many year now. Since the late 1970 when I use to watch the bats from my apartment come out at night from the downtown area it was an amazing site to see. Today it draw tourist and locals alike from all over to watch the bats come out at night. Sometimes it a no show as the the bat leisurely come out through out the evening and some night it a spectacular show of thousand of bats coming out from under the Congress Ave bridge in Austin Texas all at once. It was almost a no show for the evening but we like the sky with this orange glow from the sun set with the spectators waiting for the show to begin right as the sun was going down under the bridge. The bat did come out just as we were heading back to the car but we managed to get a few shots before they were gone. People travel to Austin to see the bats but keep in mind they are only here in large numbers from early spring time to fall after the first cold snap usually late October or early November is when they start their migration for the winter.
Austin Bat Watch – This image capture the Austin bat watch at Congress Ave in downtown along Lady Bird Lake in the downtown with part of the cityscape. Every night right before dusk crowds start to gather at the Congress Bridge over Lady Bird Lake for the outpouring of bats from under the bridge in downtown Austin. Not every night is the Austin bat watch a success because sometimes the bats are lazy and come out at their leisure because the food is plentiful so you never know what you will get. On this night thats what we got fat and happy bats that didn’t feel the need to rush out at dusk to put on their nightly show as they do on most days. So they came out in smaller batches after dark so trying to catch them in the dark is not always easy but the pre show of the crowds and the boats as the line up in the water on kayaks, tour boats, water bikes or whatever it takes to catch a good view of the bat can be seen here. On any given night this area becomes almost festive with music and large crowds. In this view you see the crowds of people on top of the Ann Richards Congress Ave Bridge with the Austin skyline in the background as people are waiting for the bats to come out for their nightly show. There are over a 1.5 million bats in Austin and it has become a part of the lifestyle and a huge tourist attraction to come and watch these wonderful creature fly out together every night on their search for insects. The bats eat between 10,000 to 20,000 of insects so we should all appreciate that. dsc-3640