Owlet Nightjars, possum and Flying foxes

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>
Subject: Owlet Nightjars, possum and Flying foxes
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:50:39 +1100

We have Grey-headed and Little Red Flying Foxes in the ACT. The Grey-headed is by far the most common here.



From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:41 AM
To: 'boy nature'
Cc: 'COG List'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Owlet Nightjars, possum and Flying foxes


I was under the impression that we only have 1 species of flying fox here, the Grey-headed, the one I'm familiar with from Qld. But according to the Australian Bats book by Sue Churchill (1998), that one is more coastal and high country and does not occur as far west as the ACT. The only one in the ACT (and all surrounding parts of NSW) is the Little Red Flying Fox. I'd rather call them fruit bats than flying fox (because they aren't).




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From: boy nature [m("","natureboy1");">]
Sent: Monday, 13 January 2014 1:40 PM
Cc: CanberraBirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Owlet Nightjars, possum and Flying foxes

Walking home last night along limestone avenue in Ainslie I came across a flock of flying foxes, at the Ainslie football club playing field. There were at least 5 and probably many more, it was very dark so I couldnt identify which species.

Also 1 brush-tailed possum,

and 2 owlet nightjars, which were very cute. I got to within 2m of the bottom one and neither moved.


Benj Whitworth

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