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Mouse eared Bat

By FeatherFriend
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.
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,

f/11 1/200 sec ISO 200

Tags: Wildlife Cave Bats Wildlife and nature Fuengirola zoo

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iancam 9 23 England
29 Oct 2008 1:01PM
Cracking shot, well done

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lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
29 Oct 2008 1:06PM
Great shots taken in very difficult circumstances
AlanBW 12 20 England
29 Oct 2008 1:22PM
What wonderful captures - in some images it looks as if the bat is smiling for the camera
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 1:27PM
Number one is a top shot...
Great work...
RTDS 9 Cyprus
29 Oct 2008 1:29PM
Excellent shot of series.
V1 is awsome.
All have great details.
Well done.
BobbyP 12 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 1:36PM
Excellent close up shot well done
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
29 Oct 2008 2:20PM
Superb shots Geoff with great write up
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
29 Oct 2008 2:26PM
Superb set of images

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
29 Oct 2008 2:34PM
I love bats and this is a lovely series of pictures. Thanks for the info too.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 Oct 2008 2:53PM
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???
Cormy 10 3 England
29 Oct 2008 3:27PM
Super detail in these Geoff.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
29 Oct 2008 3:48PM
What fantastic captures, such great work.
I'm a sucker for a smile! Great set of shots especially in the conditions Geoff.
baxster 10 England
29 Oct 2008 4:25PM
great captures geoff,nice work.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
29 Oct 2008 4:47PM
A good and interesting write up and a great series of shots lovely smile in V1. - gary
excellent captures.......
digiray63 11 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 4:58PM
Super set of images Geoff. Nice work.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 5:07PM
Wonderful work and narrative. I thought of my dog asleep on his back when I saw them.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 5:41PM
Brave you even going into a cave to see them!!
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 5:42PM

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!!
29 Oct 2008 6:03PM
Great set of photos,
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
29 Oct 2008 6:07PM
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.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
29 Oct 2008 6:29PM
Excellent series, and well taken Geoff - they are similar (or maybe even the same) as our "Fruit Bats".........Bill
whiteswan01 10 13 England
29 Oct 2008 6:46PM
fantastic love them all
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 6:58PM
glad to be 30 Geoff
29 Oct 2008 8:01PM
ace detail ugly things is bats
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
29 Oct 2008 8:05PM
Thank you all for the votes and comments, much appreciated.
29 Oct 2008 8:56PM
Four super images Geoff
V1 looks like it's smiling for the
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 9:31PM
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
harrattp 11 11 4 England
29 Oct 2008 9:52PM
Super bat shots Geoff. Never seen a Bat close and after this I am not sure I want too. LOL

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 9:52PM
What a little show off! Superb eye contact and that smile is just gorgeous. What a beautiful little critter. Great shot!
Marilyn x
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2008 10:18PM
Superb set.
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
30 Oct 2008 8:55AM
Outstanding shots in what I know is pitch black Geoff. Detail is superb as is the flash exposure
Nice captures
greatdog 10 21 England
30 Oct 2008 12:49PM
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.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
30 Oct 2008 1:49PM
fantastic...nice to see him smile...
MandsH 11 England
30 Oct 2008 1:53PM
Fantastic but scarily close!
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
30 Oct 2008 1:56PM

Quote:Fantastic but scarily close!

I do believe they are quite harmless though unless you get the type that feeds on blood as I mentioned in my write up.
30 Oct 2008 3:08PM
Great set for Halloween week Geoff!

Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 5:45PM
You've done really well under difficult circumstances - V1 shows the detail of beautifully Ina
microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 7:27PM
Well captured with some excellent detail,... V.1 a superb close up
but all four shots are great, an interesting informed write up,
hellsbells8868 10 151 2 Wales
30 Oct 2008 8:35PM
ahh, so sweet. A fantastic capture..
peterboyce 10 1 England
30 Oct 2008 10:25PM
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
betts 10 1 England
30 Oct 2008 11:05PM
Wow fantastic shots. I went in caves once never again. You done well on all shots, nice one Geoff.
OMG 9 51 2 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 1:04AM
A great set of a very ugly creature! Well done under the circumstances.
Many thanks for your kind support on my gallery.
Best wishes
31 Oct 2008 3:55AM
well done
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 7:53AM
I like bats Geoff and this is a lovely series of pictures.
intresting info too.

franfoto 10 2 32 England
31 Oct 2008 4:17PM
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
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
31 Oct 2008 5:50PM
Well seen and taken, click 60 on me.
Hebe 10 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 8:54PM
Brilliant set of images capturing this fascinating creature.
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
1 Nov 2008 2:25PM
Spectacular captures Geoff, the detail in these is terrific.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
1 Nov 2008 9:51PM
A brilliant set of shots Geoff.
fatherpie 10 18 12 England
1 Nov 2008 10:11PM
Beneficial or not still ugly little blighters! Fabulous photography though Sir.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2008 10:38AM
Superb set of images. Love the colour tones. Excellent detail
Silverzone 10 2 England
2 Nov 2008 12:39PM
Superb. Sylvia
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2008 6:40PM
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,
janet 15 27 England
2 Nov 2008 9:02PM
Wow! Amazing images! I love bats. V1 is my favourite.

IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
3 Nov 2008 12:21AM
Stunning set
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
5 Nov 2008 2:03PM
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!!
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
5 Nov 2008 6:19PM
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
piccy 12 8 Wales
5 Nov 2008 8:38PM

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