hanging alone on the top of the balcony
Part of the BCEAO-Niamey colony of Straw-Colored Fruit Bats (not identifiable in the attached photos, in which they are the dark blotches in the foliage of the ca. 6m-to-8m-tall trees inside the northern compound perimeter wall of the BCEAO office, located between Petit Marchais & the traffic circle connecting to Rue General DeGaulle) in central Niamey. These photos were taken between 17:48 & 17:52 pm on Thursday evening 6th November, while I was easing through heavy traffic (traveling from east-south-east to wast-north-west) on the way home from my office via Petit Marchais. Note how close the vehicles are to the bats' roosting site -- which consists of a ca. 150m-long J-shaped string of about 23 trees along the inside of the northern compound wall, continuing for another 12-15 trees going around the northwest corner & western boundaries of the bank compound north of the main entrance on the west side of the compound. Perhaps because of the 3m-high wall & armed security guards patrolling inside of the compound perimeter wall, the bats are relatively undisturbed in this mid-city chaos despite being almost low enough to touch.
I conducted a census of this colony several days later, at mid-day on 9th November (reported as a separate observation, no. 1064391) & estimated the population of this colony at 3400 individuals, with individual trees having from one individual bat (2 trees) to at least 250 individuals (also 2 trees). As the colony is in a curvilinear group of short trees, & is just one-tree wide by at most 200m long, observations on this colony are relatively easy to make so long as one does nothing to attract unwanted attention of the bank's security staff, or those of the national Treasury office located across the street.
Couple roosting in trees of dense gallery forest
hier kommt wie versprochen Baby Casper :)
05/10/-27/10/: the two were here every day.
When I returned from leave they were still here.
07/11/-10/11/: the two were here every day.
11/11/: no sign of them, but we had bad weather the night before (I think they found shelter somewhere else, because the following day they were back again)
12/11/-16/11: the two were here every day.
17/11/-18/11/: no sign of them (again bad weather...)
19/11/-22/11/: the two were here every day.
The Baby is growing nicely & I will still follow up on them!
large colony of ca. 100.000 individuals on a small inhabited island
big colony in the trees just at the range of the city of Gabu; 1000 is just an estimation with counts during days at roost and in the morning when they come back.
In the trees over our camp at Lake Natron Tented Campground, Tanzania.
Heart-nosed Bat : Oldupai Gorge, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Largest colony of the largest resident fruit bat species in Niamey, Niger. Conservatively estimated population present in thus colony between 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon on Sunday 09 Nov 2014, in 34 short roost trees along the inside of the northern & northwestern compund perimeter walls of the Regional Bank Office for Niger, was circa 3400 individuals, with individual roost trees having from a single bat (2 trees) to two-hundred & fifty individual bats (also 2 trees) roosting during the 15 minutes it took me to perform this census (which is supposed to take place monthly, but was last completed in March).
Additional details, including geographical coordinates of this observation [& reference to some photos of the same colony taken this past Thursday evening (6th November 2014) while I was stuck in traffic on the adjacent street coming from 'Petit Marchais'], have now been added -- with the 6th November sightings now added as a separate observation (no. 1092981).
These bats were observed during the day in a karst limestone cave near the Ankarana Reserve in northwest Madagascar.
22/10/-23/10/: 5 adults + 3babys
24/10/: 6 adults + 3 babys
25/10/: 4 adults + 2 babys
26/10/: 4 adults + 2 babys
I'm off site at the moment & will follow up when I'm back at work.
Back at work & the Bats are still here:
07/11/: 7 adults + 3 babys
08/11/: 7 adults + 3 babys
09/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
10/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
11/11/: 4 adults + 2 babys
12/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
13/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
14/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
15/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
16/11/: 5 adults + 3 babys
17/11/: 4 adults
18/11/: 4 adults
(during the 17. & 18. we had bad weather, lost of wind)
19/11/: 6 adults + 3 babys
20/11/: 8 adults + 3 babys
21/11/: 8 adults + 3 babys
22/11/: 7 adults + 3 babys
200-300 ind in single palm tree, in front of the embassy of the Central African Republic
500+ ind in single palm tree in police compound in small town
ca. 200 ind in single palm tree inside private chicken farm
Murciélago hortelano mediterráneo. Morocco herptrip, april 2014
Dried and smoked bats at a local market in Kinshasa
colony in palm trees in the zoo of Yaounde, 500+ ind
colony in Ficus tree in garden of Gendarmerie commandant, ca. 1000 ind
colony of 10.000+ in mango trees along fence of compound of Garde Presidentielle, and inside compound
Under eaves; group (12 or so) would scuttle to far side when observed.
Terrible picture, but I believe that these should be distinctive in the area?