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skewey 14 31 England
31 May 2012 9:36PM
I have been watching a pair of Bats hunting over the hedgerow along side the brook.Any suggestions for photographing them or any past experience.
cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
31 May 2012 9:46PM
I don't even try - I just stand in my garden and watch them going round and round the house Smile

Hopefully someone will turn up with a more useful answer!
skewey 14 31 England
31 May 2012 9:50PM
They are so much like Swifts but in the dark.I imagine high speed flash required for flight shots.
cattyal Plus
15 9.2k 6 England
31 May 2012 9:55PM
I suppose I could try one evening as they do swoop right down into the garden - possibly because I have a small pond and there's usually clouds of midges at head level. It's hard trying not to duck though when they swoop in past my ears!
oldblokeh 9 1.2k United Kingdom
31 May 2012 10:04PM

A lot of luck and a short flash duration are required. This is my best effort and it's a small crop.
Carrera_c 11 273 3 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 10:06PM
I think you're only hope would be with a light trigger (is that what they're called? object breaks through a beam of light and that triggers the camera).

Would just be blind luck if the happen to fly through it though unless you can find out where their nest is and set it up at the entrance and get them flying out of it.
A12PHOTO 11 17 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 10:09PM
Get in touch with Spring watch on Beeb 2 am sure they could help.
oldblokeh 9 1.2k United Kingdom
31 May 2012 10:10PM
They tend to patrol the same route repeatedly. Prefocus the camera. Set up manual flash with a short duration. Point the camera in the right direction and fire away when you see the bat. Oh, and stay away from the roost. Disturbing them there is illegal.
skewey 14 31 England
31 May 2012 10:52PM
Yes I know I would only do Bats in flight.I already possess a Schedule 1 for Kingfishers as it is same principle .But the Bats are coming from a Barn about 400 metres away and two of them are using a hedgerow and swoop over my head at times
skewey 14 31 England
31 May 2012 10:58PM
Thanks Steve what sort of settings were you using
mohikan22 Plus
16 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 11:23PM
hmm i didnt think you could use flash for bats as its not good for them (apparently).... please correct me if i am wrong on this..
Carabosse 17 41.5k 270 England
31 May 2012 11:30PM
Tried photographing some pipistrelle bats a few days ago. Very, very difficult: they fly fast and not that far off the ground, so by the time you've aimed the camera they're gone!

But some EPZers have succeeded - see here.
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
31 May 2012 11:40PM
I almost trod on one last summer, it was sat on the pavement in our town centre.

Scooped him up into a starbucks frap cup and left him in a flower basket near by.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.5k 179 England
1 Jun 2012 7:24AM

The closest I've ever been to a bat - yes, I know it's dead, but it was such an amazing creature!
oldblokeh 9 1.2k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 10:08AM

Quote:Thanks Steve what sort of settings were you using

That was shot on a D90, 35mm at f/11 ISO 800 with, I think, either 1/4 or 1/8 power flash from a Nissin Di622.

I've not been able to find any authoritative source the warns against using flash. Nature comes up with her own powerful flashes, after all, and this bat did not seem to be at all put out or disturbed in any way.

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