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5 Little Red Flying Fox at Lake Ginninderra

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Pteropus scapulatus at Lake Ginninderra - 21 Jan 2020
Pteropus scapulatus at Lake Ginninderra - 21 Jan 2020
Pteropus scapulatus at Lake Ginninderra - 21 Jan 2020
Pteropus scapulatus at Lake Ginninderra - 21 Jan 2020
Pteropus scapulatus at Lake Ginninderra - 21 Jan 2020

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Significant sighting

21 Jan 2020

Little red flying foxes are very occasional visitors to the region , the last record in the ACT was 23 years ago (1997). Our bat moderator Mike Pennay thinks that the bats are probably here for the flowering yellowbox and the drought /fires everywhere has deprived them of other food sources

Author's notes

My parents stumbled across this roosting colony of 100+ bats in early January. They were concerned the colony may have taken damage from the hail, but I was unable to find any carcasses when I inspected today. The trees they were roosting in seemed to have taken very little damage from the hail. I am guessing these are grey-headed flying foxes? My parents should have more photos if they are required for ID.

4 comments

MPennay wrote:
   21 Jan 2020
Hi - do you have more photos? Grey headed flying foxes are the main species that usually camp at Commonwealth Park - The bats in your photo seem very reddish brown and look like little red flying foxes but I cant tell if its just the washed out light in your photo or they really are red. The way they are clumped suggests little reds.
MPennay wrote:
   21 Jan 2020
if they are little red flying foxes - its a very interesting observation as they dont come to Canberra regularly - but the yellowbox trees are flowering at the moment.
MattM wrote:
   21 Jan 2020
I have uploaded more images that I took today. I tried to count them when I went back, and counted approximately 120 individuals. It's interesting to hear they haven't been recorded since 1997.
MPennay wrote:
   21 Jan 2020
Thanks Matt, that's good. Can confirm they're little red flying foxes. Glad they're ok about 320 grey-headed flying foxes perished in the hail storm. It's a very interesting sighting. Thanks for reporting.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 120 Abundance
  • 20 Jan 2020 Recorded on
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