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Re: Batmads Bat Course: Questions

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:52 pm

WOW :shock:

I forgot about this topic!!!! :shock:

You would normally determine the sex of a bat by looking if it has the "crown jewls" or not :mrgreen:

The life expectancy :whistle:

I will have to find out!

this is a major floor in my bat knowledge!!! :slap:
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Re: Batmad's Bat Course

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:48 pm

I am back with good news!!!!


I have recently come back from Kruger with some good photos and feild info on bats :dance: :dance:

so all will be revealed in December/January :twisted:
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Re: Batmad's Bat Course

Unread postby Batmad » Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:37 pm

I think i am going to be starting my bat course now! I am still learning but i have also gained new knowledge and i have done some feild work aswell!!

so the next part will be up soon!!! :dance:
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Re: Questions About Bats- Do you have any?

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:35 pm

Imax- You asked what trees to plant in order to attract fruit bats to your garden. Here are some trees that peter taylor has recomended and that i have taken out of his book Bats of southern africa

1- Cape fig
2- swamp fig
3- Natal fig
4- Wild frangipani
5- Forest toad tree
6- Water pear
7- Coastel golden leaf
8- Natal ebony
9- Dune Myrtle
10- Cape ash
11- Wild custard apple
12- Yellow wood
13- White milkwood
14- Quinine tree
15- Tree fuschia
16- Marula
17- Natal Mahogoney
18- Wild plum
19- red milkwood
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Re: Questions About Bats- Do you have any?

Unread postby Dotty » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:46 pm

Hi batmad which bat is this?
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Re: Questions About Bats- Do you have any?

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:49 pm

Finnaly a challange :twisted:

Ok,

As you can see this speciman has a tail that prtrudes from the tail membrane. This means that it is a free tailed bat! But i will need to know where it was sighted so that i can rule out other possibilities :mrgreen:

So where was it sighted?
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Re: Questions About Bats- Do you have any?

Unread postby Dotty » Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:53 pm

Not sure which bridge :redface: but it was around Mopani
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Re: Questions About Bats- Do you have any?

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:06 pm

Ok,

First of all There are 3 possible species that this bat could be!

Egyptian free tailed bat
Angola free tailed bat
little free tailed bat

I am probaley going to go with Angola free tailed!

I say this because, angola free tailed has a patch of skin that extends onto the body from the wing.
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Re: Batmad's Bat Course

Unread postby Batmad » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:00 pm

Have a look here!

This is ABCN!!!

African Bat consrvation news :mrgreen:

http://www.africanbats.org/index.htm
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Re: Batmads Bat Course: Questions

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:54 pm

Emiley86,

The life expectancy of a bat ranges from the different species. some bats have been recorded to live to up to 30 years and others 13. so it really depends on the species :D
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Re: Questions About Bats- Do you have any?

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:29 pm

Dotty as you see here in banna's photos, this is a egyptian free tailed bat and you can see it clearly as you cant see the flesh patch on the body that extends from the wing :mrgreen:

Here is a link,

just sroll down to the bottom :mrgreen:

http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=24108&start=0
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Re: Batmads Bat Course: Questions

Unread postby shangri-la » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:05 pm

Hi

what kind of Bats are found at the Skukuza camp,
can you tell me anything about them?

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Re: Batmads Bat Course: Questions

Unread postby Emily86 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:04 pm

Batmad- is it a Epauletted fruit bat? Do they migrate to the region for guava?


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Re: Batmads Bat Course: Questions

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:39 pm

These bats are walhbergs eppualated fruit bats. And in winter emiley86 they migrate just a little more north :mrgreen:
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Re: Batmad's Bat Course

Unread postby Batmad » Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:32 pm

Before i start with the species again i just want to show you some roosting sites of where i found bats in Kruger.


Here is a bat roost i found in one of the communial kitchens in Letaba. The brown is the oil that has come off the bats wings as they have enterd the roost site.

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Then this is a photo of one of the bat houses in Letaba.

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And here is also another bat roost that was found in one of the thatch huts.

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