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Have you seen flying foxes in your suburb?

By fiddlesticks - 3 March 2012 17

Hello Rioters,

I am seeking any information on flying foxes in Canberra, as part of a study of the Grey-headed flying foxes that have established at Commonwealth Park in recent years.

In particular I am looking for information on where they go and what they have been eating, but any observations will be useful.  If you have seen the flying foxes in places other than Commonwealth Park I would be very appreciative of any information you can provide.  Useful information would be the suburb or area,  time of year, if they were feeding (what on?), if you’ve seen dead or injured bats (and the cause if you know it).

I’d also be interested to hear what people think about the flying foxes in Canberra. Love them? Loath them? Indifferent?

Either post here or  email   vespadelus@gmail.com

Thanks

Michael

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17 Responses to
Have you seen flying foxes in your suburb?
Debut69 10:22 am 04 Feb 14

Quite a few around Evatt at the moment. They are noisy, but I love them! Not sure what they’re eating, however.

astrojax 9:01 am 04 Feb 14

had a fig tree in dickson two years ago, a bat was a regular evening visitor about this time of year – have a tree now in downer, but as the fruit isn’t ripe, yet to see one.

love ’em – go bats!

Maya123 1:04 am 04 Feb 14

The bats are flapping around outside now, flying between the local fruit trees eating the fruit. They are eating most of my figs, and are busy devouring the neighbour’s fruit too. Very common and numerous here. I can see huge sales in netting happening, to stop the bats taking most of the fruit. People who think flying foxes are great probably buy their fruit from the supermarket and don’t consider home produce a resource. Or they have already invested in netting.

smeeagain 4:50 pm 05 Mar 12

Get in touch with RSPCA Wildlife. They received quite a few of them over the last few years after they were caught up in netting, so they may be able to give you numbers and locations for injured animals.

Linke had a story in the Canberra Times asking people not to use the fine netting a while ago

Flatone 7:21 pm 04 Mar 12

There were heaps last year at Shackleton Ct in Mawson, but hardly any this summer. Maybe something to do with the cool summer this year.

CHW 9:07 am 04 Mar 12

I don’t know if they have been by lately, but they were visiting the Serious Backyard Vege Gardens near the intersection of La Perouse Street and Carnegie Cres just before Christmas – there were a couple caught in the power lines.

They had a variety of fare on offer: figs, grapes, and olives.

lauraschw 8:08 am 04 Mar 12

Saw one yesterday in Mawson. Just a lone individual. Not sure what it was feeding on, but there are lots of figs on the property. Saw one here in Page during Earth hour (March 30?) last year, feeding in the fig tree. I certainly don’t mind sharing a harvest with them. I think they are incredibly important, amazing animals. I’d love to hear about your research and help in any way if i can!

EvanJames 10:27 pm 03 Mar 12

They were clearly working for the fruit netting manufacturers, and their work here was done.

dundle 8:42 pm 03 Mar 12

Seen a few near the lake in areas like Kingston.

Also swear I saw some in my suburb in West Belconnen. I was quite surprised, they went so fast though I can’t be certain, had the flapping noise though and wings are very visually different to birds. Saw mostly individual ones rather than a group. Can’t remember time of year or food sorry, though one was in my gum tree!

None dead/injured fortunately.

Pork Hunt 7:40 pm 03 Mar 12

I’m in Qbn, no foxes of any description….

molongloid 7:29 pm 03 Mar 12

The local flying foxes have come up in discussion in the past on the Canberra Ornithologists Group mailing list http://canberrabirds.org.au/Discuss.htm with archive at http://bioacoustics.cse.unsw.edu.au/archives/html/canberrabirds/

Bramina 6:41 pm 03 Mar 12

Does anyone know if the flying foxes stick around in winter?

Russ 6:31 pm 03 Mar 12

They were bad in Pialligo in early 2008 and even worse in 2010 (but not 2009). They’d fly over from the West at dusk and were impossible to control – they ignored lights, lasers, strobes, explosions, gunfire, ultrasonic noise – everything you can imagine.

It resulted in one orchard closing and taking a chainsaw to their trees and another netting their entire orchard.

There were a few around in early 2011 but nothing like 2010 and this season there’s been very few sightings.

Benaresq 6:05 pm 03 Mar 12

Used to get some sort of fruit bats in the fig tree in the back yard when we lived in Chifley a couple of years ago. They would turn up in late summer once the fruit was ripe.

Rawhide Kid Part3 5:30 pm 03 Mar 12

Nope…. But seen plenty of possums.

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