waterhole near village, adjacent to hilly dry savannah landscape
Observed at an outdoor thatched canopy at the Morogoro Hotel.
two bats in the washrooms, late afternoon.
one shy, but one very patient with the people around the washrooms.
Upward pointing nose, greenish body, distinctly yellow wings. Flushed out two of them accidentally while birding early morning.
Just before dawn this morning, I saw a group of what I estimated to be around 100 bats settling down to roost in a big fig tree (Ficus thonningii) not too far from my home as I was outside trying to spot the 'blood moon'. One of them was dead in a nearby ditch and I managed to get a close enough look to ID it as Straw-coloured Fruit Bat. I took a photo of the dead one and tried to get some of the flying ones but they were moving too fast for my small camera to capture clearly since its shutter speed is rather slow. I ended up not seeing the moon as it was too cloudy but I guess the morning walk was not completely in vain since I had no idea the bats were even around until today!
Caught in a mistnet intended for birds that was left open overnight.
Tried to get palatal ridge photos, but they were terribly blurry and I didn't know until after we let the bat go because I was holding the bat instead of taking photos.
Should have measurements somewhere.
We found this bat in a tree beside the Salamat River in Zakouma National Park in Chad.
The yellow-winged bat (Lavia frons) although an extremely common species throughout Eastern, Central and West Africa had not previously been recorded in Zakouma, a reflection of how little known this park is.
one bat perched on Acacia nilotica, one more flew by.
My ID was Yellow-winged Bat, but confirmation is highly appreciated.
A group hanging in a tall tree.
Hanging from a low branch near the Lekoli River
I would conservatively estimate there were 300 bats present in multiple trees around the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel property. We arrived at 5pm on 8/10/15 and watched activity in 5 trees outside the hotel entrance from 5pm to 6pm, then moved to the grounds near the lake and saw larger numbers of bats in an additional 6 trees. Multiple photos and videos were obtained. After sunset, bats were observed in flight seen from the hotel pool area. The following morning on 8/11/15 we spent 30 minutes from 7am photographing and taking videos of the bats.
Video of bats - best viewed on Windows Media Player (Quicktime does not show correct aspect ratio): http://www.so-keene.com/common/vacations/2015_Africa/FruitBats.mp4
Unidentified Rousettus species. No specimen collected. Very large colony in main chamber of the cave, which is open to daylight. There are other species of unidentified bats in smaller side passages of the cave.
Unidentified Rousettus species. No specimen collected.