Bats at Wilson Reserve, 15 July 2017

Written by: Robert Bender

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Mid-winter, so very few bats – just 8 this month, and none at Burke Rd. Several casual park visitors stopped for a show-and-tell, then we were off to my place with a very light load: Steve, Dani, Melissa – Stanley had gone home as there were no bats to release at Burke Rd

 

 

 

Dani weighed and measured, and banded one new bat

 

 

 

Melissa did some as well, and I scribed for both.

 

 

 

Drove down to the reserve at 6:45 and released them all. All but one flew off quickly – the one above was already a bit torpid, so I warmed it under my jacket and two minutes later it was ready to flap away, after sitting for its portrait a few times.

 

 

There were 10 bats in June, two fewer this month, and not the same ones. So there has been some movement, some leaving, others arriving.

Box Bats Species Adult
M F
B01 4 Gould’s 1 3
B11 2 Gould’s 2
B12 1 Gould’s 1
B03 1 Gould’s 1  
  8 Total 2 6
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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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