We - the Captain, Jacks, Terry and Mrs. Captain - went to hear the Paul Stevens' talk on bats at the Arundel WildlFowl and WetlandTrust last night. He is the local Batman - the one called out if you have bats in your belfry, so you can learn how to take care of them. It was an excellent talk of course - with tea and biscuits (thanks Terry) and a raffle prize for both Jackie and I. Terry won some very pretty notelets which he gave to Jacks. and the Captain won a box of mint chocs, which, come to think of it, he has hidden from me. We will meet them again when Jacks comes for supper on Saturday.
Then, at the end of the talk we all trooped out in the Reserve at night to see some bats for ourselves.
We saw some Daubenton's bats skimming across the water in the red light of Paul's torch. (The red light doesn't disturb the feeding bats.) We saw it behave exactly as described below.
"The Daubenton's bat is a medium-sized bat which characteristically flies and forages just above water. It often uses its large feet to trawl for insects from the water surface. "