1 February 2011 at 8:00 am #7234
This may be a long stretch to id, but thought I’d try it out anyway.
I’ve been refamiliarising myself with a few of the basic more common birds a lot since returning to HK and as I’m staying in Central for just a couple more weeks have been spending a lot of time in the Zoological & Botanical Gardens.
On several occassions I’ve seen an insect eating (micro) bat flying during the day. Each time I’ve seen it I’ve got great views, but haven’t had my camera on me to take any shots. From what I’ve seen it certainly looks like a long-eared variety. It’s flying around just above the tree line, over and around a break in the trees and sort of looks to be pale brown, even blonde-ish.
If someone has any clue about what bats may be roosting in Central, then I could maybe have a look at some pictures online. I do have a bat detector on it’s way, but that arrives mid-late feb and I doubt this little chap will be day flying for that long.1 February 2011 at 10:36 am #8578
I've been told of Japanese pipistrelle roosting in Hong Kong parks – building shelters in leaves.
Small, common; so wonder if possible.1 February 2011 at 11:28 am #8579
Generally I feel safe opting for a species that’s common and I’ll certainly have a listen out for them once my detector arrives (it’s in all our stuff being shipped over).
I’m not certain it was one of those just based on my visuals though, I’m definitely not 100% certain, but from what i saw it did look as though it had large forward facing ears whilst flying. There was definitely something sticking out from its head that looked ear-like and was even a bit paler like the wing membranes.
The pictures I’ve just seen of the Japanese pip. have big ears when at rest but they seem to be laid back in flight and there doesn’t seem to be anything prominent on their heads.
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