New bat for Daintree

Subject: New bat for Daintree
From: (Chris Dahlberg)
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 10:35:35 +1000 (EST)
Hello Everyone
               yesterday morning during our daily romp around the Daintree
River we were treated to four different mammal species, three of them being
flying-foxes. The Spectacled Flying-fox maternity camp is near Barratt Creek
bridge and easy to see from the Daintree Road. Hugh Spencer and his team
from the Bat House counted them the day before and estimate there are 20,000
in this camp. The rather restricted range of the Spectacled Flying-fox
overlaps that of the Little Red Flying-fox and the Black Flying-fox and it
is not all that unusual to see a Little Red or Black in the Spectacled's
camp. There were some Little Reds there yesterday and lo and behold a
Grey-headed Flying-fox was in there as well. The only thing that I would add
is that it was not fully grown. Speculation at this point is that it is an
avairy escapee!
       An interesting comment being put forward by our WIRES people is that
every orphaned Spectacled Flying-fox successfully rehabilitated is worth 20
new rainforest trees. The other mammal - Swamp Wallaby
  Chris Dahlberg
  Chris Dahlberg's Specialised River Tours
  Daintree Village Q 4873
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