Box and pipe check at Wilson and the billabong, 15 Oct 2016

Written by: Robert Bender
12A somewhat windy morning, but in the woodland it was quite calm, as the wind just went over the top of the forest. We had a small team – Steve, Danielle, Stanley and me, and new recruits Peter Ritchie and his son Alex who is a candidate for a Queen Scout award.

Peter and Alex came with me. Huntsman in box 15

 

 

Six Gould’s in box 8

 

 

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A big ant colony with hundreds of eggs in box 2, so it was propped open with a big stick. No surprise in this wet spring, that ants search for dry spaces to raise their young. Approaching box 9, Peter in the lead, he spotted the tail of a brownish snake just ahead, so we retreated and skipped that box.

 

 

 

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Steve found a big group in box 15, then went off with Stanley to retrieve a group of Gould’s from tube 7 at Burke Rd.

 

 

Back at my place Steve as usual got on with banding 6 new bats, four from Burke Rd., a new female Broad-nose and one Gould’s from box 1, & took tail samples.

 

 

 

Danielle did most of the assessing, with Alex scribing for her. I did the Burke Rd. bats with Stanley scribing.

Box Bats Species Adult
M F
B05 17

1

Gould’s

Broadnose

4 13

1

B08 6 Gould’s 2 4
B01 1 Gould’s 1
B13 1 Gould’s 1
Burke Rd
T07 8 Gould’s 2 6
  34 Total 10 24
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About Pia Lentini

Pia Lentini is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne's Quantitative and Applied Ecology group.
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