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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:26 am 
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Haha sorry, I'm browsing without images until I get proper internet (yay! SA internet!) so I didn't see the smileys.

Thank you so much! It's been annoying me since I moved here, not knowing what it is. Perhaps I'll invest in some earplugs.


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 Post subject: Bat I.D Needed?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:04 am 
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Hi,

I just want to confirm if this is a Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat.

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 Post subject: Re: Bat I.D Needed?
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We saw them on the roof of our chalet in Biyamiti Bushveld Camp.


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 Post subject: Re: Bat I.D Needed?
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Just had a look on the internet and what I can see they are indeed Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat. They are famous at Biyamiti Bushveld Camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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Thank you Batmad :thumbs_up: Does help some :) The only ones I've seen in Kruger were Epauletted Fruit Bats at Skukuza , and also some that once roosted in a tree outside our bungalow at Lower Sabie .
And a cute little guy that thought our bungalow at Balule was cave or something - he crawled into my jacket sleeve where he roosted and I felt/found him when I put it on :)

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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Image Epauletted ? is that this one? They make a sound when flying sometimes that sound like a hammer on an anvil "ping ping ping "

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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NetEk- indeed that is an Epauletted Fruit Bat ;) The ping ping sound is their mating call which the males make whilst hanging and flapping their wings and raising their white Epaulettes, hence the name Epauletted Fruit Bat :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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Hi there Mant,

Your bats are indeed apart of the genus Epomophrus however one cannot get the indentification down to species level due to the lack of examination of the palatal ridges which is imperative in order to distinguish between E.Crypturus and E.Walhbergi.

Could you possibly give me more info on where in Biyamiti these bats roost and any other info? It's a first sighting reported of these bats from Biyamiti although apparently it's a well known roost? One can just see the importance of public submissions and the public being aware and serving as citizen scientists! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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Yeah , also flying around in circles , sounding like a puppy , all night long .......

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 Post subject: Re: Rarest mammal in all of SANParks
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It's an awesome sound! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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Hi Batmad,

They were under our chalet roof in Biyamiti.

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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It is worth noting that Peter's and Wahlberg's are not the only fruit bats in Kruger. Egyptian Fruit Bat has been recorded at Pafuri. That's a cave-dwelling species, the ones that roost at Pafuri Camp are Wahlberg's

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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johanrebel wrote:
It is worth noting that Peter's and Wahlberg's are not the only fruit bats in Kruger. Egyptian Fruit Bat has been recorded at Pafuri. That's a cave-dwelling species, the ones that roost at Pafuri Camp are Wahlberg's

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I seem to recall that there has been records of Straw-coloured Fruit Bat from Pafuri as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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deefstes wrote:
I seem to recall that there has been records of Straw-coloured Fruit Bat from Pafuri as well.
The species is indeed on the Pafuri bat checklist. It not mentioned in any of the recent survey reports (February and November 2010), though. The surveys did add another three species to the list.

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 Post subject: Re: Bats, Epauletted Fruit
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As far as we know there is no stable population of African Straw-coloured Fruit Bat in South Africa which migrate to SA season to season and the records that are around are from individuals who have popped up here and there, mostly in the central parts of South Africa. It is a non breeding migratory species however there is a probable breeding colony at Marromeu in Mozambique, which would be the closest, distance wise, to Pafuri.

One must also remember that Pafuri is known as the bat capital of South Africa and is known for producing once off, weird and wonderful species. Thus, the chances of ASCFB having been recorded here are likely, but the chances of it being encountered within the rest of the park are very low, and thus that record from a few years back would most probably have been just that, a once off sighting.

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