A fine windless day for batting, and there were big groups of Gould’s in many boxes. This is C43. When I arrived Steve’s team was at their first box.
Some boxes had the seasonal abundance of bat fly pupae attached to interior walls, awaiting victims.
Avril Hanbidge in my team had to leave early
Each February, we get many adolescent bats who are easily spooked, and fly out of their roosts en masse as they hear a ladder approaching. It happened at 8 boxes this month, with an estimated 112 bats flying in circles around the flat, then rearranging themselves into new boxes. We recaptured some. This Freetail once had 28 Gould’s with it, but all flew out on our approach.
The processing team arrived while we were still emptying boxes, opened up and got to work
Steve had asked for several laptops to be brought along, to display the complete record of bat capture to reduce the recording error rate, which worked very well.
Lindy assessed bats, banded some, and had Andrew as a scribe.
Steve microchipped a Freetail and several Gould’s and took many genetic samples.
I scribed for Caroline Durre and Emmi Scherlies. Desk lamps for assessing adult/juvenile status were very helpful
Emmi took away most of our bat bags at evening’s end, to use in her Naracoorte project on Bentwing bats.
Michelle Toomey scribed for Amanda Bush
Doug Hoather is a new member of Friends of Organ Pipes who has become very interested in our bat project, and scribed for Michael Gooch.
Several people brought contributions to the feast. The visitor centre was very busy with bat assessing, micro-chipping, labeling and storing of genetic samples and checking of bat reproductive history, until just on 9 p.m., when Emmi and Amanda went with me down into the valley to release bats from multitudes of calico bags. Steve was still taking samples from the last few, which were released on the escarpment behind the VC.