Fruit Bats

Subject: Fruit Bats
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 22:45:34 +0800
Many thanks to all those who responded. Anthea Fleming, Alan Leishman, Michael Norris, Tim Dolby, Jon Hall, Andy Burton, Brendon Neilly, Alan Morris and Peter Menkhorst.

The overwhelming consensus is :

1. Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens).  Grey-headed Flying-fox
2. Sydney (Gordon). Grey-headed Flying-fox
3. Cairns. Black Flying-fox (with very likely some Spectacled Flying-fox, and a chance of Little Red)
4. Kakadu. Black Flying-fox (Little Red a chance but they weren't what I saw)
5. Cape York (Pajinka). Black Flying-fox (Spectacled and Little Red chances).

At 23:00 04/03/2002 +0800, Frank O'Connor wrote:
I apologise that this is slightly off topic. Please reply direct to me. If you too also want to know the answers, then email me and I will send the summary to you.

I have been going through the new mammal field guide by Menkhorst & Knight and through my old trip records. Can someone please tell me what the fruit bat (flying fox) colonies are at the following locations.

1. Melbourne (park south of Yarra river St Kilda? Toorak? - is this near the governors residence). May 1990 from memory. Is this Grey-headed?

2. Sydney (a gully along a river between Sydney and North Ryde). November 1988 from memory.

3.  Cairns near the cemetery and Centennial Gardens.  Every visit.

4.  Kakadu (rainforest walk near East Alligator River).  August 1988.

5.  Cape York (near Pajinka Lodge).  January 1997.

Frank O'Connor     Birding WA
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