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Friday, 16 May 2014

Nathusius the next chapter

What could be even more exciting than 2 Nathusius pipistrelles?

Last night we caught our sirt bat in our new herp trap.
We set up four harp traps and acoustic lure as part of the Nathusius Pipistrelle Project. There was an ecstatic reaction  when this beast fell into our harp trapLeisler wriggling

She was not best pleased to be caught and wriggled a ot – as this photo shows.

But we forgave her everything but she was a Leisler’s bat. This is the first time we have ever caught a Leisler’s in the county. We have thought that we have heard Leisler’s in the past, but they are very difficult to distinguish them from Noctule if you listen to the sonograms
Once she had settled down, Bob managed to get some better photos of herLeisler side view crop1

Leisler's bat. Photo Bob Cornes
Leisler’s bat. Photo Bob Cornes
We are over the moon – even if I have to writer a new page for the bats in Bedfordshire Section of the website
Leislers crop2

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