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Bats in the belfry…

By Postalgeek - 14 March 2010 24

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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24 Responses to
Bats in the belfry…
krats 2:03 pm 15 Mar 10

Dazzlar said :

Ugh, bats.

Annoying, screeching, fruit stealing guano machines!

GET RID OF THEM NOW!

There are no bats.

soilduck 1:34 pm 15 Mar 10

DeadlySchnauzer said :

They have appeared seasonally in canberra every now and then for a while now, although if they take up permanent residence then its a sure sign that global warming is taking hold (fruit bats hate cold weather).

I think they are definitely bigger in numbers this year. There have also been unusla reportings in Tumut and the Snowy Mountains. Looks like the apple centre (Batlow) may be eaten out by the bats! Global warming and habitat destruction is a possibility for their larger numbers.

Thumper 11:50 am 15 Mar 10

I hate being invaded by hordes of sentient plastic shopping bags….

Aurelius 10:31 am 15 Mar 10

We have some in our fig tree just outside our bedroom window.
When they eat, their wings rub the leaves, and it sounds like we’ve been invaded by hordes of sentient plastic shopping bags.

spinact 9:50 am 15 Mar 10

gimmeth said :

Haven’t they heard that the rebate scheme has been cancelled, and so they have to install themselves at full cost?

Ba ha ha ha ha

eh_steve 9:29 am 15 Mar 10

Perhaps it’s the first time you’ve been to Commonwealth Park in decades? They’re usually there until about May, I have a fig tree outside my window, and the sound of them fighting over figs and flapping around at 1 am doesn’t really endear them to me.

prhhcd 9:15 am 15 Mar 10

yeah there seems to be more of them this year – see them around Fraser a fair bit. Awesome creatures!

dusty 10:45 pm 14 Mar 10

Theres been a couple visiting my plum tree each night for the last couple of weeks. They are noisy flyers They look pretty big too! Been here 20 years never seen them here before

Thumper 8:54 pm 14 Mar 10

love em.. used to get giant flying foxes when i lived in townsville, and also, many, many years ago, in giralang, where they used to eat my figs.

gimmeth 8:06 pm 14 Mar 10

Haven’t they heard that the rebate scheme has been cancelled, and so they have to install themselves at full cost?

Skidbladnir 5:09 pm 14 Mar 10

They’re here some years and not the next., although they are pretty active around Weston this year.
But bats are about fifty times cooler than most people think.
Leave them be.

sunshine 4:19 pm 14 Mar 10

i remember a couple of years ago when one somehow entered my house and i thought …oh what a funny looking little bird…had a closer look and noticed it was actually a bat!!! freaked me out AND my son had just been watching a vampire movie. scared us silly but oh so cute. awwww

DeadlySchnauzer 4:05 pm 14 Mar 10

They have appeared seasonally in canberra every now and then for a while now, although if they take up permanent residence then its a sure sign that global warming is taking hold (fruit bats hate cold weather).

Dazzlar 1:25 pm 14 Mar 10

Ugh, bats. Annoying, screeching, fruit stealing guano machines!

GET RID OF THEM NOW!

Clown Killer 12:57 pm 14 Mar 10

I’m sure that we’ve had bats in Commonwealth Park before. I recall that some years ago there was concern for the welfare of the trees that they were roosting in (do bats roost?), that and worries about whether or not they might be capable of spreading the Hendra virus or some such thing.

I like to watch them though. There’s something rather primordial about the way that they fly.

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