I got an email Saturday morning telling me that a rare bat species (Saccolaimus saccolaimus) had just been seen near Cairns. That’s a mere 4.5 hour drive from home, so I jumped in the car and planned to be at the site before dusk so I could see the bats as they emerged from their roost. I found the roost easily with the help of my local contact, and also found a nesting Papuan frogmouth in a nearby tree.
As the sun set, the bats streamed out of the hollow in the tree. The entrance to the hollow tree was quite high, so I didn’t manage to get any decent photos of them, but it was a privilege just to be able to see them at all.
Word quickly spread about the bats, and the next week I was back up there to show a friend and bat expert the roost. I had a bit more time to plan this second visit, so another friend came along. On the way back home we stopped at a number of sites to track down some other critters, including what would be my first reptick for 2012.