Bats in the Belfry

I’ve moved into a new house with a new garden (more on that later).  It is a more established garden than my old one, with large trees and a jungly feel.  It also has many more insects and animals, including these super bats who take off each evening at dusk and can be watched from the comfort of the balcony, drink in hand.

In the third photograph, it looks as if the bat is holding a youngster on its belly.  Any idea if it is common for a bat to fly around with its young?  Also, please post any more information on these fascinating creatures in the comment section.

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

Bats in the Belfry

8 Responses to Bats in the Belfry

  1. mol-d February 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    wow! that is cool! we just saw a load of bats in the sydney botanical gardens in australia.. apparently they are a nuisance:

  2. mol-d February 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    and it definitely looks like there is a baby in the third pic…

  3. emme February 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    i’ve got no idea about bats and their young. they’re mammals though (right?), so maybe it makes sense that they would carry them around like that, to suckle them or whatever.

    the sydney bot gdns bats are great hey mol-d? so big! in the evening the sky was just filled with them, and in the day too they were totally visable just hanging in the trees.

  4. mol-d February 17, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    the sydney bot gardens are great indeed. so varied, right next to the harbour and the opera house and with loads of bats (they call them flying foxes) to boot…

  5. nadia February 23, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    AWESOME pics- you are so lucky to have such cool creatures in your garden!!! It looks like a Wahlberg’s Epauletted Fruit-bat (Epomophorus wahlbergi)- i think these are quite common in Durban. Fruit bats can carry their young until they are ready to fly at around 4 months but as the little ones grow it becomes increasingly hard to get around especially with the many man made obstacles e.g. electricity wires. Shame about the flying foxes being considered a pest 🙁 as natural habitat disappears due to population expansion wildlife is forced into urban areas creating conflict. Bats are however so crucial to the environment, especially for maintaining global biodiversity.
    I would love to see more pics if you have any!

  6. Niall February 23, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Hey Nadia. These are the only pics I have but will try to take some more. A troop of monkeys disturbed their resting spot on the weekend and they all flew off in the middle of the day. Was quite cool to see.

  7. nadia February 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    monkeys AND bats…living the dream!

  8. Smile February 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    and two dogs


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