Microbats

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Huddled under an overhang at Ruby Falls in Red Cone Creek at the back of Doubtful Bay are a small cluster of microbats, one of 22 species in the Kimberley and one of 35 in Western Australia.  Each species uses a unique frequency to help it hunt whilst in flight and scientists in WA are mapping microbat sounds to build a dictionary of bat calls.

The bats are also found in an grotto near the Traverse Island group and on many of the Kimberley’s islands.  The Kimberley coast has been identified as having the richest bat fauna in Western Australia.

A small huddle of microbats near Ruby Falls on the Kimberley coast.  There are 22 species of microbats on the Kimberley coast. (Annabelle Sandes/© Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2011)

A small huddle of microbats near Ruby Falls on the Kimberley coast. There are 22 species of microbats on the Kimberley coast. (© Annabelle Sandes | Kimberley Media 2011)