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Old 06-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #71
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Oh wow! What a wonderful experience. I've had bass and dog fish about my legs while fishing but never anything as exciting as THAT!
I was wondering why the wing entangling wire was around that set up. I'm surprised they actually go into it. Just exactly how DO they enter it? Crawl up with their feet?
I'm not exactly sure how as I've never seen them enter the enclosure. They keep using this one and at least one other on reservoir so they have it figured out.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:21 AM   #72
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Nesting Instincts....... 2012-p1070116.jpg
Here's the bass nest I take a look at yearly.
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See how she continually circles around and over it, forever on guard against predators.
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The rivers current and the fanning of their eggs with her fins keep fungus from settling in upon them.
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Here's a shot of how a nest looks from a distance.
They are usually lighter in color than the surrounding area because the bass move the dark algae covered rocks and pebbles out with their mouths. Thus creating a dip in the lighter sediment beneath....in which they deposit their eggs!
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I didn't realize they nested in the same spot every year. Way cool photos!!!
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:46 PM   #74
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I didn't want to start a new thread for this one little pic so I'm shoehorning it in here using a very loose interpretation of "nesting". If you remember, I was very excited to see bats flying out of the bat box I built for my buddy's farm. Well. apparently it's so packed that I was able to catch a very poor but indisputable picture of two bats at the very bottom of the box in the middle of the day. Considering that it's 4'x2' and has three chambers, that's a lot of bats!

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Three different ant nests
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In a swamp
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In florida
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I didn't want to start a new thread for this one little pic so I'm shoehorning it in here using a very loose interpretation of "nesting". If you remember, I was very excited to see bats flying out of the bat box I built for my buddy's farm. Well. apparently it's so packed that I was able to catch a very poor but indisputable picture of two bats at the very bottom of the box in the middle of the day. Considering that it's 4'x2' and has three chambers, that's a lot of bats!

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Congratulations!!!!!
I wonder if one was to mount a register vent to the front of a wooden box if that would work to draw them in.
They look slanted enough. Do you think it would be a large enough entrance? That or perhaps a part of a window shutter???
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Well, Hava, I've found many bats behind shutters when doing demolition. They can squeeze into some really tight places. My box was built to the specs provided by Bat Conservation International (info here - Install a Bat House), but I imagine that there could be a lot of variations that work if all the other factors lined up.

Imagine if your shutter idea worked. You could build a box in your house with a shutter as the outside facade, matching all of the other shutters on your house. The back of the box could be plexiglass (so you could score it for the bats to have traction) covered by a thin piece of cardboard or luaun. Then, during the day, you could eliminate all other sources of light, turn on a red bulb, remove the cover and check out your bat colony.

I wish I had my own house...
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I didn't want to start a new thread for this one little pic so I'm shoehorning it in here using a very loose interpretation of "nesting". If you remember, I was very excited to see bats flying out of the bat box I built for my buddy's farm. Well. apparently it's so packed that I was able to catch a very poor but indisputable picture of two bats at the very bottom of the box in the middle of the day. Considering that it's 4'x2' and has three chambers, that's a lot of bats!

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Congratulations, Bulu! Yes, I do remember your bat house. I'm so glad that it is getting so much use!
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Well, Hava...Imagine if your shutter idea worked. You could build a box in your house with a shutter as the outside facade, matching all of the other shutters on your house. The back of the box could be plexiglass (so you could score it for the bats to have traction) covered by a thin piece of cardboard or luaun. Then, during the day, you could eliminate all other sources of light, turn on a red bulb, remove the cover and check out your bat colony.

I wish I had my own house...
That *is* a good idea--very interesting concept.

I hope you get a house of your own sometime...with land attached, of course.
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What a WHOPPER!
Nesting Instincts....... 2012-p1090252.jpg
Well they finally got me.
I stepped on one bare foot. Oweeeeee
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