Suborder Megachiroptera- fruit bats or megabats or megachiropterans
Family Pteropodidae- all megachiropterans
There were four of these beautiful giants roosting along the main beam of our banda. I thought this one looked a little chunky, and the explanation came when a little nose popped out from under the wing. I know New World bats fly with their small young, but that seems unlikely with one this size. If the baby couldn't fly she must have left it somewhere else, as they all left at dusk.
Thanks to Jakob at Afribats and Lara and Charles Foley for the id- any guesses on the species? at Pangani, Tanga, Tanzania
I'd be interested in more information on what's going on here- is the female still lactating? is the youngster fully volant?
A large colony, probably between 500-1000, day roosting in mango and coconut trees in the urban centre of Korogwe (Korogwe District, Tanga Region, TanzaniaI
Pangani River Est.
Taken with IR flash. Compare to http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1198209 at the same tree.
Taken with IR flash. Compare to http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1198212 at the same tree.
On the lawn of the Mazumbai rest house.
This sucker was BIG! I had the good sense to include the GPS in there for scale, but not enough to think to include the coordinates...
I find this variety of chicken hilarious, because they perpetually look like they had a terrible shock. I've never seen a chicken like this in the US, and I laughed when I first saw this one.
Garden plant. I don't think this was at Irente View Farm, but someplace like that in the West Usambaras. Will try to get a more precise location by looking back at notes.
I see at least 6 skinks in this photo! I don't remember the circumstances under which I took this, but it looks like I was looking down a wall or a fence somehow.
I have a couple of videos of the bats leaving their roost trees and flying in all directions.
There was a larger Milicia nearby, and it was suggested by the folks nearby that this sapling was planted by the bats since they eat the fruits.
Dead on the wire.
Dead on the wire.
In weeds along road.
It was about 10m up a tree near a stream, so I couldn't get close