A roosting colony observed during the day in an urban set up/mid-town.
My ID: Straw-coloured Fruit Bats, confirmation will be highly appreciated.
A colony of Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bats come every spring to our garden, meet, mate and raise their offspring. They stay untill late autum and fly away in winter. This year they were quiet late, but finally the first 7 fruit bats arrived a couple of days ago and stay in the same Palm Tree (Archonotophoenix alexandrae) than every year.
The bat was in a large shrub that also had a Barn Owl in it. The Barn Owl was stuck somehow on a branch and was struggling to free itself, which it soon did. Then the bat was found. It flew off at one point but then returned to the same shrub and was photographed. The site, as far as I can remember, wasn't too far from the Ndutu luxury tented camp. We were staying at the Ndutu safari lodge and has stopped for a boxed lunch (or maybe breakfast?) after our morning safari of the area.
This bat crawled out of the ceiling :-)
Several adult/young pairs
The Madagascar Flying Fox helps to replant a tree because as they belong to the fruit bat,they eat fruits and eave the seed somewhere to be replanted.
Observation courtesy of Marcel Dreier, see also
Fairly large group of Epauletted Fruit Bats roosting in a larger palm tree in the Nairobi Arboretum. The tree is close to the main walking path that leads from the main gate. Not sure of the exact species though, possibly Epomophorus minimus. Anyone who can confirm?
I have been to a fair. There, I met a few people from 'Le Val Nature park' who were active in promoting the importance of the conservation of endemic bat. What is remarkable is the determination and conviction when one said,
"I have dedicated my whole life to conservation of these species, I won't let the government destroy such species'.
A dead specimen hanging under a bridge.
Okay, these guys are just absurdly cute, I don't care if he has weird ear wax and just flys in to hang out for a nap above the food counter in the kitchen.....
A small colony living in the the roof of the shower/toilet house of the Twiga camp site. Was not able to shoot the bats themselves.
A colony my Safari guide knew from his German course in the Goethe Institute in Dar es Salaam. The bats were located in the garden of the institute some years ago. When we arrived there, the trees were cut down (also done some time ago), but the security people helped: The colony is now located directly along the highway - opposite of the GIZ. The first tree is located in the garden of a chinese restaurant. According to some people around, they eat the bats in the restaurant.
Exact number is difficult, probably more than 10.000 but less than 100.000 individuals.
The already known colony in Ifakara. Had some problems to find it. The day before we where there already. One local said they are there, the next said, they are actually in another place in town. The third - and then some others - told us, they are actually not in Ifakara because it's now mango season, they would come back in December. The next day we came along accidentally. While my guide wanted to buy cigarettes, I saw a large group flying around. They rest in the palms on the missionary compound. And they do not like them. So they spray something on the palms to get them away. Which obviously doesn't work. At least 10 palms used as resting trees.
The locals said, "in December, there are so many, the sun cannot shine through". They eat them.
The known colony on the compound of the Illowo Sugar company. Resting in 4 Ficus benjamina; a small colony, less than 1000 individuals.
The photos show probably a male. He was staying in the tree the whole time, while others came and flew away after feeding.
This was my first observation of the whole journey. Before I said "would like to see Eidolon this time". We arrived at the hotel, my guide said "there are owls in the garden". Easy to see that those owls hadn't any feathers and were eating the figs. Weren't shy at all. Maximum number counted 10 at a time.
15 bats roosting under the branches of a Phoenix canariensis palm tree.
All same species of an Epauletted Fruit Bat.
Exact Genus/species uncertain, ideas highly welcome on possible species.