Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Bat strafes owl
It's not unusual for a bat to glean insects buzzing a mammal.
Occasionally fellow camera trappers in Minnesota photograph bats very close to deer covered with mosquitos, and it's obvious what the bats are doing.
What you see in this video clip however is a little odd.
The pools in this creek are swarming with insects, so there's no reason for the bat, probably a species of Myotis, to hit the owl in the head.
That is, unless something else is going on.
Could the bat be mobbing the owl, the way songbirds mob owls?
Or did it's radar fail?
This is the kind of footage that reinforces my obsession with camera trapping.
If you are curious about nature, get yourself a camera trap.
You'll learn a lot while you are having fun.