Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana)

Origin: North and South America
Sighted at: Congress Street Bridge, Austin, TX

Austin’s downtown bridges is home to the largest urban population of bats in the world. These tiny, adorable little predators escape into the night at the sun sets, with over a million of them darting off into the night to feast on bugs. They take well over a half an hour to leave their home, and watching the bats set out is a local pasttime (and well-deserve tourist attraction.)

I have lived in Austin for two and a half years and still had not gone to witness the bats for myself, so Cat, Pullo and I went down to the bridge the past weekend and sat in the small park where dozens of people gather each night to see the show. It was well worth the wait!