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Live BatHouse Cam

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e-mail or call 407-414-2142

Day-time Views

Sandhill cranes — You may catch a glimpse of the pair that visit 3—4 times each day. Only crane was visiting alone for several weeks, we feared the other was dead. We were thrilled to see them together on 26 March 2009 with two new chicks!!. Watch for them.

Alligator — Haven't seen the gator in awhile, but it hangs out by the lake bat house when it’s here.

Other — Random cam visitors include

An anhinga that suns on top of the lake house.

A grey fox travels the path from the lake just at sunrise.

If you’re really lucky you’ll see a bald eagle fly by or resting on the pine branch (to the left of the main bat house)

Also—osprey, hawks, ducks, random cats or even us checking the bat houses or weeding

BatCam Local Weather Sun and Moon Info

Camera Details - The IR (infra-red) camera (Q-See IR CCT security cam) is positioned on a 20 ft pole ~20 ft south of the bat houses

Listen to the Bats --

The live cam also includes a live audio stream of echolocation calls collected with our dedicated Anabat system.

About our Live Bat Cam —

Our live broadcast began 07 June 2008 and remains live 24 / 7.

Your are looking at three central Florida (Volusia County) bat houses occupied by Tadarida brasiliensis (~800++ each house).

A fourth occupied house is out of view, several hundred meters north of the cam just off the lake shore.

Bats begin to exit the houses before sunset (EST) and the morning swarm begins just before sunrise (EST). (see sun and moon info above)

Bats are active and flying around the bat houses most of the night. The frequent touch and goes are normal at active roosts. Periods of inactivity normally last less than 10 minutes most of the year. Reduced activity levels occur when PM temps drop into the 50’s and bats are inactive (torpid) at temps below 45F.

Tadarida pups are generally born beginning the last week of May and births continue thru mid June. Juveniles begin flying at ~8 weeks and all are fully volant by late August.

The random foggy lines are from the spider that lives on cam (wants her own spider cam) — you'll see her on the lens several times each night.

Share your observations

Screech owls, barred owls and rat snakes are common in the area and are known predators -If you observe these or other unusual event, please send your observations to batcam@flybynightinc.org

Be sure to include the date, time, etc. if you can send an image it will help and be most appreciated (alt print screen, then paste and save with paint.

Activity Log Continued …..

Welcome To Our 'Live BatHouse Cam

FBN BatCam — Activity Log

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Summer 2008

17 July 2008: The rains have returned and the oldest juvies are starting to fly, The activity level should remain high thru the end of August as the juveniles take short test flights.

04 August 2008: The activity level continues to increase as juveniles become volant. The morning swarm is fantastic.

08 August 2008: Most of the juveniles are volant and bats have finally returned to the lake bat house (was empty since early May)

19 - 21 August 2008: TS Fay had us rockin and rollin == over 20 inches of rain!

Find more about Weather in Osteen, FL
Sunrise / Sunset Info from wunderground.com