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Mouse eared Bat 2

By FeatherFriend
Hi everyone, If you can imagine walking through a cave with just a torch and a camera this is exactly what you are likely to bump into (the things we do just to get a shot ). This was one of several I took in a cave in Spain within a wildlife centre in almost complete darkness and I was impressed with the D300's ability to focus in such poor light. I have done some PS work on it but mainly cleaning up the BG and trying to create the scene as I saw it. A bit scary to some but these little guys are pretty harmless, hope you like him. Best viewed 'Large' with the light off if you dare Wink Full info on my previous Mouse eared Bat in my PF.
Many thanks to you all for the votes and comments on my Robin 2, so much appreciated as always. Also a special thank you to tim g for his User Award.

f/11 1/200 sec ISO 200 H/held Flash/diffuser

Tags: Cave Wildlife centre Bats Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Fuengirola

Voters: MickyMc, Xiaoli, ColouredImages and 94 more

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MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 12:56PM
He does look quite shy really. I am not saying I would dare to be amongst them but in our last house we had one family living in our roof space pipistrel bats and I could set my watch by there coming and goings a little later each evening until mid summer then a little later after June, amazing. I grew to be quite attached to them.

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Xiaoli 9 661 14 South Africa
31 Jan 2009 1:00PM
WOW what an amazing photo. I simply love bats! We have quite a few flitting around of an evening and I adore watching them. They are such incredibly acrobatic fliers. If I could give it 10 points I would
KangaGal 9 66 Australia
31 Jan 2009 1:10PM
This looks a really pretty little bat to me. We have flying foxes here - much bigger and never as well groomed looking as this one. It is a great shot and the D300 has done you proud in low light. I am very envious that it is handheld and this sharp.
KBan 12 501 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 1:27PM
incredible shot Geoff !
Cormy 10 3 England
31 Jan 2009 1:31PM
Cracking shot Geoff
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
31 Jan 2009 1:45PM
Excellent detail under difficult conditions
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
31 Jan 2009 2:08PM
A great opportunity and a super image, -- Love this one1
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
31 Jan 2009 2:13PM
You certainly do appear to like a challenge Geoff !!. How on earth could you even see the beast. I echo your sentiment re D300 focussing. Superb.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
31 Jan 2009 2:20PM
What a superb capture, Geoff, he looks a little worried and perplexed. Carol
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 2:37PM
What an amazing and clear capture under such conditions well done.
Linda Smile
iancam 9 23 England
31 Jan 2009 3:22PM
Excellent shot under those conditions.
TerryMcK Plus
8 71 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 3:22PM
An unusual & challenging subject, Geoff. Well taken with good detail considering the circumstances.
fatmod 11 22 England
31 Jan 2009 3:27PM
fantastic shot
31 Jan 2009 3:33PM
so cute Geoff lovely shot
harrattp 10 11 4 England
31 Jan 2009 3:36PM
A superb shot well captured.

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
31 Jan 2009 3:59PM
A stunning capture Geoff, such a fantastic close-up.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 4:21PM
Very well done in the dark - takes a proper camera & a skillfull master to pull these out of the bag Ina
churchill123 13 233 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 4:32PM
This is beautiful Geoff, fantastic to capture so well in the dark
31 Jan 2009 4:32PM
Stunning capture and light.
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
31 Jan 2009 4:34PM
Superb image.
31 Jan 2009 4:40PM
Can't wait till it goes dark.
Stace 9 2 2 England
31 Jan 2009 4:41PM
Great capture Geoff, lovely eyes even though hes blind as a bat Smile

31 Jan 2009 4:42PM

Quote:Great capture Geoff, lovely eyes even though hes blind as a bat

Well said Stace Wink
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 5:07PM
Well this is a fine shot!!
Lovely work on this one Geoff
Hebe 10 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 5:43PM
This is such an amazing capture. What a fantastic close-up.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 7:01PM
Wow I am amazed
What a picture
GeorgeRusky 11 1 4
31 Jan 2009 7:35PM
Excellently worked out, Jeoff
goso 11 2 1 Australia
31 Jan 2009 8:07PM
Great capture Geoff - didn't realise you were a Troglodyte.....Bill
jack33 9 53 England
31 Jan 2009 8:24PM
Excellent shot.
31 Jan 2009 8:42PM
Great picture Geoff, lovely level of light, did you have to hang by your feet to get him/her that way up. nice one
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 9:01PM
I wud give anything to have this in my pF great shot Geoff
glazzaro 12 70 23 United States
31 Jan 2009 9:28PM
I think I will leave the bat shots to you, the thought of walking in a cave and having one of these pop out at me would be enough to convince me to take up another hobby! Wink Excellent shot, Spot on! Click!!!

bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2009 10:41PM
wow, what a lovely face, well captured
koka 9 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2009 9:14AM
I am just home from a visit to the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition at the Natural History Museum London - well worth a visit - and this shot well worth an entry. its simply beautiful. Katie
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
1 Feb 2009 11:19AM
Wonderful image Geoff and superb eyes. Well done in the darkness, tried this once and failed
I too am home from the same exhebition and cant get by with people walking in front as you are trying to admire some of the shots, this should have been there alongside them
1 Feb 2009 11:24AM

Quote:Wonderful image Geoff and superb eyes. Well done in the darkness, tried this once and failed
I too am home from the same exhibition and cant get by with people walking in front as you are trying to admire some of the shots, this should have been there alongside them

Thank you koka and Richard, your lovely comments re the exhibition appreciated so much Wink
1 Feb 2009 12:00PM
Cracking detail, nicely presented.
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
1 Feb 2009 12:52PM
rather you than me, LOL - very brave and well worth it for this image, unusual to see on this site - makes a pleasant change
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
1 Feb 2009 1:04PM
Lovely to see so close, super capture, well done.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
1 Feb 2009 1:27PM
Under those conditions you have produced a superb image Geoff.
Is it upside down - I thought they hung around. Wink
1 Feb 2009 1:37PM

Quote:Under those conditions you have produced a superb image Geoff.
Is it upside down - I thought they hung around.

Quite right Brian and well spotted but the roof of the cave was sloped like an arch and he wasn't exactly in this position.....I straightened the shot to save everyone having to stand upside down to view it and also to aid composition, fingers crossed I got it right ??? Wink
janty66 10 3 England
1 Feb 2009 2:37PM
excellent capture...
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
1 Feb 2009 3:30PM

Quote:fingers crossed I got it right ???

The finished image is the justification Geoff. Smile
Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2009 4:51PM
Super capture and work Geoff
STEVELIN 9 161 3 Ireland
1 Feb 2009 6:13PM
fantastic shot geoff.
1 Feb 2009 6:54PM
well captured Geoff
Fabulous capture... this mustn't have been easy.. great comp

1 Feb 2009 7:30PM
Fabulous nature image, superb composition. Great photography.
OAKEY 9 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2009 9:36PM
Well Geoff You must have been upside down for this one LOL, its an amazing capture in the circumstances, superbly captured Batman!!. Shaun
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
1 Feb 2009 10:54PM
Wonderful capture - those eyes are incredible.
1 Feb 2009 11:54PM
Wow what a brilliant capture.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 1:03PM
Incredible..wonderful shot with the half light.
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
2 Feb 2009 1:26PM
Fantastic capture, a bit scary seeing it face to face but worth the effort! A great shot!
We have quite a lot of fruit bats flying around the city, they are drawn to the palm trees, but I've never thought of getting close and intimate with one for a shot, so another cheer from me just for the guts! Grin

MandsH 10 England
2 Feb 2009 1:32PM
SO well captured in the conditions you were in
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 1:50PM
A wonderful capture, In the old days when I used to go caving I have seen many of these creatures but never had the skill or the equipment to capture them,again a great shot,
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
2 Feb 2009 2:41PM
I agree with Alan about the skill shots like this in the conditions you mention don't just happen, great piece of photography Geoff. - gary
piccy 11 8 Wales
2 Feb 2009 4:10PM
Well taken - he does look a bit startled.
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
2 Feb 2009 6:19PM
impressive shot
norton 13 6 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 7:08PM
Excellent shot Geoff,great capture........................

OMG 9 51 2 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2009 10:12PM
I brilliant capture Geoff, I never cease to be amazed at the fantastic skill you have to produce photographs like these
2 Feb 2009 10:36PM
wow superb great shot
3 Feb 2009 12:54PM
Fantastic capture !

Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
3 Feb 2009 8:01PM
Superb Shot.

3 Feb 2009 8:34PM
Evening Geoff
I've been a bit busy of late, but it's been a pleasure catching up with youe images from the 17th Jan...
digiray63 10 4 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2009 10:08PM
Super capture Geoff.
franfoto 10 2 32 England
4 Feb 2009 12:50AM
They do have beautiful eyes Geoff, are they really blind? mind you there is no point in sight where they live is there?
I don't know how you got this, I too was in the cave with you and was only able to focus twice all the time we were in there. I did keep bumping into this bloke with a camera must have been you LOL. This is breathtaking photography.
Fran xx
dweezil 9 1 England
4 Feb 2009 10:29PM
Stunning capture Geoff love those sad eyes
7 Feb 2009 10:02PM
Nice bat shot- used to be scared of these creatures but really have got to like them
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
7 Feb 2009 11:59PM
A brilliant shot of this nocturnal creature
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
8 Feb 2009 10:49AM
Superb shot, wonderful looking little thing

brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2009 8:46AM
This is an amazing shot. We have bats here, too, but I see them only in summer evenings flying around in our garden, haven't found out where they have their "home".
Superb, big, sharp eyes and lovely detail again,
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2009 1:28PM
Excellent shot Geoff, impressive work and quite amusing too with those enormous eyes - shouldn't it be the other way up though?

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