Nathusius remain elusive.

Regular readers will know that the King of the Nathusius has had great fun sabotaging our attempt to capture his subjects. He has been very successful invoking downpours and even dramatic thunder storms. All too aware  that we were planing to trap at Harold Odell Country Park, he tried a different tactic. The bat group computer we use to play the calls that lure bats to the net died suddenly . We were not thwarted in a trice my a lap top was called into action. Bob installed the software and we headed off.

The King of the Nathusius watched  smuglyas Bob set up on a perfect night for batting, a beautiful balmy night with lots of insects The harp trap was set up but the  bat calls would not play through the lure. Something had gone wrong with the installation of the software.

It was too far to drive to pick up the CD to reinstall. We left the har trap out and managed to catch 4 soprano pipistrelles and a Daubenton’s. All around us Noctules, Serotines , common pips and Myotis bats frolicked and we had a smashing view of a fox minding its on business.

Kel and Hedj joined us just in time to meet the friendly Daubenton’s and Bob was able to point out the key features including its beautiful big hairy feet, which it uses to scoop insects from the surface of the water

so once again we were thwarted but we are stubborn and are visiting two more sites this week in our quest for Nathusius. Watch this space,

Daubenton's foot showing hairs . Photo Bob Cornes

Daubenton’s foot showing hairs . Photo Bob Cornes

Daubenton's bat. Photo Jude Hirstwood

Daubenton’s bat. Photo Jude Hirstwood

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