Common Fruit Bat roosting in a tree

on 27th July 2017
(video grab)
(video grab)

This juvenile Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis) arrived one morning to roost under my porch but was discouraged from doing so by a bag of dried red chillies (Capsicum annuum) LINK. It immediately flew to a nearby Nam Nam tree (Cynometra cauliflora) where it roosted until after dusk.

(video grab)
(video grab)

During the evening it was lightly preening itself but when it was dark the preening was vigorous. No doubt it was preparing itself for a night of foraging.

By around 1930 hours it suddenly left its perch to move down the branches before flying off. I was expecting it to launch off from its perch but missed the video moment when it moved down from where it was hanging.

YC Wee
10th May 2017

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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