Fruit Bats – Peteropus poliocephalus (the grey-headed flying-fox have chosen to roost at Myles Dunphy Reserve in Oatley. It’s thought that the proximity to the Georges River and the abundance of food in the reserve have attracted the colony to temporarily visit.
Since 10 Nov 2009 Geoff Francis has been keeping track of the Flying Fox numbers in the reserve. Estimated numbers of Flying foxes in the reserve peaked around 12 October at about 2070 Flying Foxes.
30 December 2011
The flying foxes have abandoned the Myles Dunphy Camp, Oatley ! See Dec 2011 post on animal Sightings
Report to Nov 2010
The pattern of marked fluctuations in flying fox numbers which started late in September is continuing. Numbers increase to well over 1000 over several evenings, then drop back just as rapidly to 200-400. This shows that most of the flying foxes are transient visitors, only staying 1-3 days. The camp is functioning more like a motel than a residential area. The Red Bottlebrush and Tallowood have ceased flowering, but the Melaleuca lineariifolia are continuing to flower, and the Sydney Red Gums have also started flowering. Thus there is a fair amount of food available locally.
Attached is a spread sheet and graph with Flying Fox counts to Flying Fox Observations 2009-2010 data