I know next to nothing about bats and have been trying to find more information on bat identification and habits on the internet. It seems that there is not much out there besides the routine articles that children can use for school projects etc.
Aside from watching a bat give birth on the lawn outside my office, I don’t get to see them much although they do fly about quite a bit at home. It’s just normally too dark to see much. Ideally one would like to have a close look in the light of day but that’s when they sleep in caves and dark places. I have seen some hanging under a thatch roof in the Kruger park a few times but they were quite high up.
All the literature I can find says that bats like to sleep in dark places during the day time. What the heck this chap was doing having a snooze on a brick wall at my work in the baking sun I don’t know.
Why was he just holding on with one foot?
The only explanation my blonde brain can come up with is the following:
This weekend was pay weekend. Pay weekends here are rather hectic and festive in the farming region. Many liters of alcohol are consumed – so much so that we have road signs warning traffic about drunks crossing.
The photo’s were taken on monday morning. I think this fellow just didn’t make it home.
It was a good opportunity to look at a bat up close. Does anyone know what kind of bat it is?