Ralph Arwood Photography


Babcock-Webb 05-05-2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

There were three adults and two babies in the north house.

There was one baby in the north house.

There were two babies and one adult in the north house.

Six bats emerged from the natural roost. This videos emergence in slow motion.

Babcock Webb N-2 04-28-2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

The number of bats using this roost keeps changing. Last week there were three bats one night and ten the next night. Tonight there were six. The first bat emerged 44 minutes after sunset. The last emerged 1:14 after sunset.

At 10:32 pm one bat returns to the roost after two practice approaches.

Beach Club Bat House

Thursday, August 10, 2017

On July 5, 2017 the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida received a call that a bat house at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club had fallen down in a storm. This was the third call of the day to assist bats that had been displaced by passing thunderstorms.

When the hotel staff took us out on the seventh fairway, we found a large bat house on the ground. Someone had propped it upright keeping the hundreds of bats from being rained on.

While a few bats died in the fall, most were doing well. The house contained a maternity colony. Many of the young bats would need several more weeks before they would be ready to fledge.

The best option for a happy out come was to keep the bats together in that area and let the mothers continue to raise their young. The pole that the house had been on was rusted through. Putting the house back on it was not an option. The best available option was to place the house in a nearby ficus tree. The multiple branching...

Bat Photography

Sunday, July 9, 2017

With the help of my friend Franklin Viola, we have been working on a support system that will allow us to get better bat photographs and video. The challenge is to have the camera pointing straight up, the bats well lit, and the platform to be stable. This is what we have workout so far.

The Brazilian free-tailed bats, (Tadarida brasiliensis) living at our house in Everglades City have helped with this project.

NR-2 May 18, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This is a more detailed look at the Bonneted Bat Roost NR-2 at the Babcock-Webb WMA.  On projects like this I try to get the most out of each opportunity. Below are the results from four different cameras, each with slightly different imaging technology. 
Sunset was at 20:10. The temperature was 84 degrees F. and the wind was 15 to 23 knots. With that much wind, there is a bit of movement in the roost tree and during gusts the cameras also were shaken. The constant wind created a lot of wind noise, most of it I have muted. 
During much of the recording I had an Echo Meter near the cameras so that you can hear the bats echo locating.  Because of the distance from the roost tree to the cameras, you cannot hear them echo locating in the cavity, but if you watch closely, you can see them doing it.
The first bat emerged at 20:50, forty minutes after sunset. A total of seven bats emerged.

The first video is a slow motion video. It was made with a Sony Alpha 7Sii camera a

Bonneted Bat Roost

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thanks to the hard work of the FWC and University of Florida biologists we know of another natural roost of Florida Bonneted Bats (Eumops floridanus). The bats are using an abandoned red cockaded woodpecker cavity in a live pine tree. The video below was make using a night vision camera on a long telephoto lens.

Searching for Bonnie

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

After three years of searching in the Big Cypress National Preserve we have found a roost of the Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus). Our acoustic monitors lead us to an old woodpecker tree at Raccoon Point. On two occasions we peeped the cavities in this tree but did not see any bats. Because the accoustic monitors kept leading us back to this tree and bat guano was found at the base of the tree we decided to stake it out at emergence time.  Last night, 27 minutes after sunset the first bat emerged.  Over the next hour, ten more bats followed. Their size and recorded calls confirmed that they are Bonneted bats.

Deborah Jansen peeping for bats.

The roost tree.

Video of the bats emerging.

Peeping the cavity at 55 feet.

The camera is custom made by Emmett L. Blankenship, DVM,MS. emmettdvm@netzero.net
Bat Conservation International provided the camera to The Big Cypress National Preserve.