My friend Cath has a squadron (is that the collective noun?) of microbats under her house.
There must have been a couple hundred of these little cuties all snuggled up together. I admit ignorance of the species – there are several possibilities.
They shelter there during the day and fly out at night to feed on insects. It was hard to tell how small they were as we didn’t get close, but each one looked to be about 6 cm or so.
We were very careful not to approach too close and to be quiet, but a couple decided to fly around – it’s astounding how fast and quietly they fly, unlike flying foxes which flap noisily. You see a flash of black but can’t hear anything as they zoom around.
Speaking of flying foxes, nearby at MacLean the flying fox colony looks healthy.
Some of these animals are quite boisterous even during the day. Others are snoozing peacefully. I hope you have a good year, batties!