Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Going batty at Hastie's Swamp

Birdwatchers aren't the only ones using the hide at Hastie's Swamp. Microbats pop in from time to time. This little cutie was tucked away in the corner when I visited the site this morning. The bat interrupted its snooze for a quick groom, then went back to sleep.




9 comments:

Dave Coulter said...

Here's a dumb question: what makes a bat a microbat? Is there a size limit or is it just a figure of speech? :)

Snail said...

Microbats (Microchiroptera) are defined by a number of characteristics, but, oddly, size isn't one of them!

They're the echolocating bats, which are generally --- but not always --- smaller than the fruit bats (aka the megabats or Megachiroptera).

Not all microbats are small. The Ghost or False Vampire Bat of trop Aust has a wingspan of about 50 cm. It eats birds, other bats, unwary speleologists etc. I'm sure that's not the biggest microbat, but it's certainly not micro.

We've got both types here --- lots of fruit bats and lots of little, insect eating flitterers.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Bronwen,
I love the "hands over the eyes" routine, when going to sleep.
Cute as....
Denis

Sherryl said...

Thank you! I really wanted to see one. They have such unappealing little faces though. Never mind, they're still fascinating.

Snail said...

I wasn't expecting to catch up with one of these little fellows so soon. There are plenty in the rainforest but they're too difficult to photograph.

They are rather sweet little things. The Nat Parks people must thing so too because I can't think of any other reason there'd be shade cloth attached to the ceiling of the hide.

Snail said...

Oh poo! Blogger lost my comment. Here we go again ...

Sherryl, I wasn't expecting to encounter one quite so soon. There are plenty in the rainforest but they're not so easy to photograph.

Denis, they are little cuties. (Even though this one had a louse or two on it.) The Nat Park people must also like them because I can't think of another reason for the hide to have shade cloth stapled to its ceiling!

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Wren said...

Great photos - I've never seen one in the wild so clearly. Usually, they are on the move and somewhat distant.

Thanks for the explanation of microbats. Like Dave, I thought the classification was based on size, so I've learned a lot from your explanation.

Wren said...

Great photos - I've never seen one in the wild so clearly. Usually, they are on the move and somewhat distant.

Thanks for the explanation of microbats. Like Dave, I thought the classification was based on size, so I've learned a lot from your explanation.