Unexpected visitors


in my garden

in the tree

at the back


Bat in tree

Probably disenfranchised former Botanic Gardens dwelling flying foxes.

I had been wondering about those things swooping overhead as I put the washing on the line tonight. They didn’t seem like birds. And I knew they weren’t when they started calling to each other.

How inestimably cool.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

15 replies on “Unexpected visitors”

i thought i had bats one night, they were so noisy and crazy, attacking the palm tree in the back yard. i had to get the kids up to watch them. i think they turned out to be flying foxes though. the kids were still impressed

The flash alone did not produce a picture where you could see anything but the eyes. What you see is a result of shining a torch on the tree AND using the flash. It’s perfectly visible if your computer monitor is set at a reasonably bright level, though I make tweak the picture a bit to make it easier to see.

Just keep them away from your car. When they crap on the paint it burns through the colour to the grey base coat.

They like fig trees. We’ve had them coming in small numbers for several years to the large fig tree in our back yard.

This has nothing to do with bats, but I thought you might like to know that there is a large Dr. Who-themed chalk drawing on the pavement at Southbank. It’s a couple of hundred metres from the Flinders St walk bridge in the direction of Crown. Pretty cool.

There we go gang, I’ve fiddled with the gamma so the bat is more visible.

My car is at the opposite end of the property, quite some way away, thankfully. No batshit for me! In any case, they haven’t shown up tonight.

Matthew… cool, will go look when I get a chance!

Hey Daniel – come up to Brisbane. We have HUNDREDS of bats in our yard each night. They crap on EVERYTHING. They eat ALL the fruit off the trees. They are RODENTS with wings and I am so p^$#ed off that I can’t get rid of them (read shoo them away with a loud bang – like from a gun). Basically anywhere in Brisbane, at night, during summer, look up and you can see MILLIONS of the damn things. Cool if you are in Melbourne – not if you are in Brisbane. Actually I might send you some down in a box……

Yo Daniel
We have the same situation at our new apartment (we’re renting out the trailer).
Problem is the wife does NOT think “Way cool!”
Especially as three of them have gotten in since we moved here.

I think it’s cool! I love when there are bats in our garden, which is often, but I never see them, and would love to get a photo!!
bloody good at hiding, they are.

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