Did you know Austin has the largest urban bat colony in the world? It's true! The Congress Avenue bridge, right in the heart of downtown Austin, is the home to about 750,000 bats! (There are even up to a million bats there during peak bat-watching season)
It's an incredible sight to see all the bats leave the bridge at dusk to hunt. These bats get alot of attention. Tons of people gather every night to watch the bats all fly out from under the bridge by the thousands.
We had the opportunity to see this amazing sight while we were visiting Texas. We got there a little early to get a good spot under the bridge. Even though I couldn't see any bats under the bridge, you could hear them (and smell them.. gross).
Right as the sun was setting, and the crowd was thickening, they started to fly out. It's pretty surreal. Apparently from a distance, it looks like smoke billowing from under the bridge. From our vantage point, it was just a steady stream of bats. It seemed never ending!
I tried to get a picture, but those little buggers were flying so fast! See those little black blurry speckles in the middle of the picture? Those are the bats! Our view looked like that for at least 15 minutes. It was really a very interesting thing to see. Nature is so amazing.
PS. Are you tired of seeing pictures of Austin yet? Sorry!! The city totally stole my heart. It's truly a gorgeous place.