Bats at the Organ Pipes, 29 Oct 2017

Written by: Robert Bender


The monitoring set for 8 Oct. had to be cancelled due to dangerously wild winds, and we reassembled on 29 Oct to give it another try. Just Dani and me to start with, so only one ladder. Gould’s in box 14:




Along came Michelle, then two casual park visitors, Kim & Phil Seeley, who stopped for a little show-and-tell, and stayed all afternoon to help. Kim:




Phil helped me with the ladder, then scribed for me, too.





The same Brushtail was in glider box 7, as in August – a very tight squeeze!




Bat assessing got started in the Visitor Centre while Dani and I were still checking boxes below.




Michelle scribed for Dani as well as helping with box monitoring.




Our ABS secretary Pia arrived to process bats with husband Alex.





Tanya Loos drove from Daylesford, Eva Reda took time off from 3rd year microbiology exam preparation




And of course, Lindy




We only got two Large Forest bats, as they were in the multi-chamber box 46, and kept wriggling around the bark I used to try to extract them, so some were left in the box. This one had a tick on his right forearm.




There were 8 Freetails, nearly all first-timers, so Dani micro-chipped them. Kim scribed for Anita.



It was all done soon after 5:30, so everyone went off home but Tanya and me. We sat about chatting for a while, then as Tanya had a long drive home, there was just me. Had to wait a long time for the ravens and magpies to finally settle down so it was safe to release the bats. Finally got started at 8:30 p.m. Patient little bats, snoozing away the boring waiting time in their bags.


This Freetail decided life was a drag, and just flopped on the bag. I put it on my shoulder and it flew off in a minute or so.


Box Bat Species    Adult

  M      F

Esc Left in box
C42 21








C23 26 Gould’s 6 20 1
C14 21 Gould’s 21
C03 14 Gould’s 14 1
C39 11 Gould’s 11 1
C35 8 Gould’s 1 7
C46 4



Lge Forest



1 Cg

1 Vd

C17 4 Freetail 1 3
C06 3 Gould’s 3
C24 3 Gould’s 3 1
C45 3 Gould’s 1 1*
C15 2 Freetail 2
C20 2 Gould’s 2
C27 2 Gould’s 2
C30 2 Gould’s 2 1
C13 1 Gould’s 1
C21 1 Lge Forest 1
C33 1 Gould’s 1
C44 1 Gould’s 1
C36 1
  133 Totals 30 102 6 2

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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