Written by – Robert Bender
After ten days of continuous drizzle and rain, we had a fine afternoon for batting, and a big team of bat enthusiasts to make it work. Jessica and Pia shared the ladder-climbing.
Stanley, Steve and Pia had emptied the Burke Rd tubes earlier, finding three bats there, so we had two ladders going around the Reserve.
Several interested passing strollers stopped for a show-and-tell, and as always, were fascinated by little bats.
Only one box, B2, had a big group, which Jessica extracted, then it was off to my place as usual.
We had three new novice bat handlers wanting to make a start on their new careers – Melissa
Helen, now quite experienced, was assisted by Zoe scribing for her, while Steve and Pia banded three new bats and Steve microchipped the one Freetail for the day.
Nearly all the bats were already banded – two from Burke Rd, and one from Wilson Reserve, were unbanded. A new bat, with a white spot on the other side of her forehead, was found.
And one Broadnose, revisiting from January.
The deck table was amazingly busy with three new bat handlers, new scribes and Steve microchipping and checking for tail membrane sampling history on his laptop. We finished up at 5:45, having processed 32 bats. I took the 29 Wilson Reserve bats down to release about 6:30 and they all flew off quickly – weather has been unfavourable for 10 days for their urgent task of fattening up for winter so they were no doubt eager to make up for lost time.
Wilson reserve box tally:
Burke Rd tube tally: