That strange beastie back garden sound is back but it’s moved next door and is living in a tree. I’m not talking about the original strange Australian back garden beastie sounds that I wrote about in my post Strange Australian Back Garden Beastie Sounds.
No, not that one. I’m talking about the one that sounded like this…
As the video has clearly already told you, these noises are being made by fruit bats or flying foxes. But then you knew that, didn’t you? You will have read it in my post Strange Australian Back Garden Beastie Sounds Part 2.
These flying foxes have been noisily occupying the tree next door for a couple of weeks now. I’m pretty sure they fly in at night and then feed on the tree and then by daytime they are gone again.
Where, I don’t know.
My suspicion is they fly back to where ever their colony or ‘campsite’ is, but I can’t be 100% sure about that. There aren’t that many bat caves around these parts, and generally speaking flying foxes are running out of places to live.
There is a chance that they do actually roost here in the top of this tree, but I could find no real evidence that I could capture on film, and I took quite a few photographs at around 5 o’clock in the afternoon today…
On this one picture though, if I zoom in further than I should really be zooming in, I do see something that looks like the face of a bat. Could it be?
Here’s the close-up…
If it were hanging upside down, I’d say it was a fruit bat, but it’s not upside down so I’m not so sure. Here’s the really strange thing though, as I took all of these photographs I could hear them, I just couldn’t see them.
Maybe they are in there somewhere, but it’s much more likely that what I could hear were just one or two early arrivals. I think these bats generally fly back to their ‘campsite’ which would almost certainly be a larger collection of trees somewhere closer to the river.
These bats are very noisy and the sounds you can hear in the above video do tend to last from around 7 PM through to about two or 3 o’clock in the morning. I don’t mind them as neighbours, but I think I’d be happier to see them move on and I was encouraged to know that last time I did a post about fruit bats in my back garden it was also October.
So perhaps it’s just this time of the year when they like to munch on residential trees?
Fruit bats are pollinators and seed dispersers, and very good they are at it too. Without them the ecosystem would suffer and it has been estimated that over 130 plants that produce products used by us humans rely upon bats for their seed dispersal or pollination.
So, as well as being great fun on Halloween, bats are also quite important to us. Despite the noise, the smell, and the link to vampires, bats are a good thing.
Anyway, why did I call this post “Oh No! Trouble with the Neighbours Part 2”? Because this isn’t the first time I’ve had noisy neighbours, it has happened before and I wrote about it in my post called Oh No! Trouble with the Neighbours.