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little bent-wing microbats 09092015-01


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these little ones are living in a long storm water drain under a road.
this species population, apparently, has declined by two-thirds since the 1990s.


there will be construction, modifications being done on this site. the bats are being monitored. as soon as they leave, migrate, the work will start.

note that the check up on the bats was short. it won't take long for them to settle after we leave.

the completed construction will be a benefit to humans, better storm water control and the bats, as they will have a larger, longer home (pipes being extended).
thanks to the ppl doing the construction notifying as this was a colony not discovered before.
the construction was put on hold until the bats migrate. when they come back, they will have a bigger home. maybe a bigger home might mean more bats in future.
even after the construction is completed, these little ones will be monitored. 
sometimes we get positive batty results.


Miniopterus australis
The little bent-wing bat is the smallest of all the bent-wing bats. It has chocolate brown fur all over, that is lighter on its belly, and it has a short muzzle and domed head. These are cave dwelling bats but have been known to utilise abandoned mines, tunnels, stormwater drains and occasionally buildings.

Habitat
Little bent-wing bats prefer well timbered areas where they feed primarily in the shrub and canopy layers. Their diet consists primarily of beetles, moths, flies and even spiders. Little bent-wing bats congregate in maternity colonies during summer and populations can get up to 100,000 individuals.

Breeding
Females congregate in maternity colonies with the eastern bent-wing bat from August. Young are born in December.

Predators and Threats
Ghost Bats, pythons, feral cats, foxes, hawks and owls. Loss of limestone caves and old mines as well as human disturbance.


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