Went to Commonwealth Park today and saw fruit bats in the trees.
First time I’ve seen fruit bats in Canberra in the decades I’ve been here.
I have one fruit bat roosting in our gum tree in O’Connor right now. Middle of winter…what is going on?
I have fruit bats in my backyard in Dickson in the middle of July! This is clearly not autumn anymore so why are they here? They’ve been coming in to feed in one tree over the last week or 2, roosting somewhere else.
Bats are eating my grapes in Wanniassa in my first currawong free season. Thanks for the information about the black urine, Russ. I was eating the grapes while I was reading your post, so I wasn’t happy initially, but believe me it’s best to know. I have found them easy to scare, but the sight of me wandering out in my nightie and slippers, wondering what the noise is about, scares most mortal things.
I don’t think that they are much worse than birds that poop as they eat or possums that have huge territorial disputes over your fruit. It’s just that Canberra boasts such a huge selection of living things other than humans and their companion animals. All of these creatures, from the humble ant to the majestic kangaroo, think that your fruit, fish pond, vegies, chickens, house and fittings are theirs rather than yours.
This is my first bat year. I suppose this means my residence will be on the bat touring map from now on, particularly as commercial growers are sensibly netting most of their fruit. Between you and me, I blame the expansion of the winery belt around Canberra, not global warming, as the source of this new scourge. However, as I love Canberra wines, I will have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.
Russ–sorry to hear about your woes at Pialligo.
I first noticed them when I was riding home the other night and nearly fell off me treadly with surprise when I was crossing the lake and looked up to see thousands of bats above me. I watched them for about five minutes, and they still kept coming. Amazing.
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