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This set of shots were taken in a cave within the grounds of Fuengirola Zoo. It was so dark in there I thought the 'bogey man' may be in there too at one time LOL. Taken through thick glass and the cameras built in flash to enable me to focus, it wasn't easy because like birds, they are extremely fast movers and it was a case of pot luck in the end. Out of about 30 shots I was only happy with 5 or 6.
Version 1 Close up.
Version 2 Full shot cropped.
Version 3 Is V2 rotated 90%
Version 4 Id V2 rotated 90% again.
I have done this to save you all doing handstands to view the Bats head.
INFO:
70% of bat species are insectivorous, locating their prey by means of sonar. Of the remainder, most feed on fruits and their juices[18]. Only three species sustain themselves with blood. Some species even prey on vertebrates: these are the leaf-nosed bats (Phyllostomidae) of Central America and South America, and the two bulldog bat (Noctilionidae) species, which feed on fish. At least two species of bat are known to feed on other bats: the Spectral Bat, also called the American False Vampire bat, and the Ghost Bat of Australia[18]. One species, the Greater Noctule bat, is believed to catch and eat small birds in the air.
He's not a pretty guy, but he has at least given you all a smile LOL. Hope you like him.
Thank you all for your votes and comments on the Lemur2, very much apprecieted.
Have a good week,
Geoff.

f/11 1/200 sec ISO 200

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 80-400mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mouse eared Bat
Username:FeatherFriend FeatherFriend
Uploaded:29 Oct 2008 - 1:00 PM
Tags:Bats, Cave, Fuengirola zoo, Wildlife / nature, Wildlife.
Votes:82
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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iancam
iancam  5 England
29 Oct 2008 - 1:01 PM

Cracking shot, well done
Ian

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lonely_oryx
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29 Oct 2008 - 1:06 PM

Great shots taken in very difficult circumstances

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
29 Oct 2008 - 1:22 PM

What wonderful captures - in some images it looks as if the bat is smiling for the camera

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ugly
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29 Oct 2008 - 1:27 PM

Number one is a top shot...
Great work...
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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
29 Oct 2008 - 1:29 PM

Excellent shot of series.
V1 is awsome.
All have great details.
Well done.
Robert

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BobbyP
BobbyP  8 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 - 1:36 PM

Excellent close up shot well done
Bob

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photophantom
29 Oct 2008 - 2:20 PM

Superb shots Geoff with great write up
Dennis

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29 Oct 2008 - 2:26 PM

Superb set of images

Stace

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54167 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 2:34 PM

I love bats and this is a lovely series of pictures. Thanks for the info too.
Chris

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Maiwand
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29 Oct 2008 - 2:53 PM

An amzing sreies of shots Geoff. Version 1 is quite extraordinary-- the detail in the head and showing those teeth. Wow !! I now believe all those old wives tales about blood sucking bats. Why else would they want those fangs???
Ron

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
29 Oct 2008 - 3:27 PM

Super detail in these Geoff.
Cheers
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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 3:48 PM

What fantastic captures, such great work.
Bob

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headskiesfly
29 Oct 2008 - 4:11 PM

I'm a sucker for a smile! Great set of shots especially in the conditions Geoff.
Rick

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baxster
baxster  6 England
29 Oct 2008 - 4:25 PM

great captures geoff,nice work.
ian

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gary_d
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29 Oct 2008 - 4:47 PM

A good and interesting write up and a great series of shots lovely smile in V1. - gary

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Craggwildlife
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29 Oct 2008 - 4:47 PM

excellent captures.......

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digiray63
digiray63  7 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 - 4:58 PM

Super set of images Geoff. Nice work.
Ray

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 5:07 PM

Wonderful work and narrative. I thought of my dog asleep on his back when I saw them.

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 - 5:41 PM

Brave you even going into a cave to see them!!
Mavis

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 - 5:42 PM


Quote: Wonderful work and narrative. I thought of my dog asleep on his back when I saw them.

Scaramanga,my son is right No 2 is rather like Zippo his dog!!
Mavis

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Alan_Baseley
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29 Oct 2008 - 6:03 PM

Great set of photos,
Alan

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AnneWorner
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29 Oct 2008 - 6:07 PM

Wonderful to get to see these, especially the close-up in v1. I love bats, they are such beneficial creatures. I've tried unsuccessfully several times to get them to move into our bat house - there's fresh water nearby and everything, but I guess they want to be elsewhere.
Downtown Austin, in season, you can see them fly from under the downtown bridge at sundown in the thousands - it's such a sight, and one I hope to get on my CF card one day.
Anne

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29 Oct 2008 - 6:29 PM

Excellent series, and well taken Geoff - they are similar (or maybe even the same) as our "Fruit Bats".........Bill

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whiteswan01
29 Oct 2008 - 6:46 PM

fantastic love them all
Dawn

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KBan  9456 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 6:58 PM

glad to be 30 Geoff
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madbob
madbob  8 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 - 8:01 PM

ace detail ugly things is bats

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 8:05 PM

Thank you all for the votes and comments, much appreciated.
Geoff.

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gillykins
gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 8:56 PM

Four super images Geoff
V1 looks like it's smiling for the camera...lol
Gill

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29 Oct 2008 - 9:31 PM

My goodness Geoff very different shots and all absolutely great images, very sharp with lots of really good detail, a huge well done to you I am full of admiration, not sure I could take pics of bats but faced with an opportunity you never know - superb work

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harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
29 Oct 2008 - 9:52 PM

Super bat shots Geoff. Never seen a Bat close and after this I am not sure I want too. LOL

Paul

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GalleryGirl
29 Oct 2008 - 9:52 PM

What a little show off! Superb eye contact and that smile is just gorgeous. What a beautiful little critter. Great shot!
Marilyn x

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bayleaf
bayleaf  6 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 - 10:18 PM

Superb set.
John.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2008 - 8:55 AM

Outstanding shots in what I know is pitch black Geoff. Detail is superb as is the flash exposure
Nice captures
Richard

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greatdog  6 England
30 Oct 2008 - 12:49 PM

Great shots Geoff,i dont like bats!!they just look scary!but still fasinating to watch,we have one fly around our garden now and then,even in the middle of Poole.v4 for me,keep up the superb images,Dane.

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30 Oct 2008 - 1:49 PM

fantastic...nice to see him smile...

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
30 Oct 2008 - 1:53 PM

Fantastic but scarily close!
Mandy

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FeatherFriend
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30 Oct 2008 - 1:56 PM


Quote: Fantastic but scarily close!
Mandy

I do believe they are quite harmless though unless you get the type that feeds on blood as I mentioned in my write up.
Geoff.

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30 Oct 2008 - 3:08 PM

Great set for Halloween week Geoff!

Jon

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Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2008 - 5:45 PM

You've done really well under difficult circumstances - V1 shows the detail of beautifully Ina

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microchip
microchip  7 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 - 7:27 PM

Well captured with some excellent detail,... V.1 a superb close up
but all four shots are great, an interesting informed write up,
Alan

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hellsbells8868
30 Oct 2008 - 8:35 PM

ahh, so sweet. A fantastic capture..

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peterboyce
30 Oct 2008 - 10:25 PM

absolutly fantastic shots geoff i love version 1,not sure about him/her smiling though...them teeth look pretty dangerous looks like he wanys to eat you......peter

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betts  6 England
30 Oct 2008 - 11:05 PM

Wow fantastic shots. I went in caves once never again. You done well on all shots, nice one Geoff.
betts

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OMG
OMG  551 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2008 - 1:04 AM

A great set of a very ugly creature! Well done under the circumstances.
Many thanks for your kind support on my gallery.
Best wishes
Derek

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maratsuikka
31 Oct 2008 - 3:55 AM

well done

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 - 7:53 AM

I like bats Geoff and this is a lovely series of pictures.
intresting info too.


marc

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franfoto
franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2008 - 4:17 PM

The ideal shots for Halloween. I was with you when we went into this cave but they were all to quick to get a proper look at them at the time. I am seeing what they really look like for the first time thanks to you and your camera skills. They are as scary as I expected them to be.....Superb images Geoff.
Fran xx

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31 Oct 2008 - 5:50 PM

Well seen and taken, click 60 on me.
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Hebe
Hebe  6 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 - 8:54 PM

Brilliant set of images capturing this fascinating creature.

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roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2008 - 2:25 PM

Spectacular captures Geoff, the detail in these is terrific.
Alex

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2008 - 9:51 PM

A brilliant set of shots Geoff.
Pete.

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fatherpie  6 England12 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2008 - 10:11 PM

Beneficial or not still ugly little blighters! Fabulous photography though Sir.
Dave

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2 Nov 2008 - 10:38 AM

Superb set of images. Love the colour tones. Excellent detail
Helen

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Silverzone
2 Nov 2008 - 12:39 PM

Superb. Sylvia

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2 Nov 2008 - 6:40 PM

Beautiful close up of these marvellous animals, great detail which we can seldom see in nature. We have some in our area, you can see them in the evenings in summertime flying around. But I have never seen one so closely. Thank you Geoff,
Johanna

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janet
janet  1227 forum posts England
2 Nov 2008 - 9:02 PM

Wow! Amazing images! I love bats. V1 is my favourite.

Jan.

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IFIMAGE  6143 forum posts Wales
3 Nov 2008 - 12:21 AM

Stunning set
ian...

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 2:03 PM

WOW!!! Absolutely incredible - such detail and sharpness. Wonderful captures - love them all. Wonderful little creature, it has pterodactyl-like wings and the eyes of a chihuahua!!! From the sublime to the ridiculous....nature's ways are weird & wonderful!!
Sylvia

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SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 6:19 PM

must admit to not seeing one of these creatures this close up before, quite scary really, but again, brill detail and composition in all of them

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piccy  8 Wales
5 Nov 2008 - 8:38 PM

Brilliant.
Freda

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