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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.0
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caves and cave life., Mammals of Europe, Bats - Chiroptera, Bats (Chiroptera) of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-13 6:51
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today a short break from rocks and mountains and something much more alive ;>

This is a Lesser Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros (in Polish: podkowiec maly) (Chiropera: Rhinolophidae: Rhinolophinae).

I met this lovely creature in the entrence part of one of the most beautiful Bulgarian caves - Magura Cave. Surprisingly it was sitting in the most light part of the cave.

This species is one of only 5 species of this genus known from the area of Bulgaria.

Well, what to write about bats to do not copy information from my earlier presentations about this fascinating mammal group? Maybe this time a few words about cave creatures in general? ;>

As you perfectly know cave fauna is rather different from faunas of not so dark and not so "closed" habitats. Generaly it can be divided into 3 ecological groups:

1. Trogloxens - these are terrestial animals which are "cave guests" only, they can be easy find also in some other types of habitats, including open areas. Among them we can find many different groups like birds, reptiles and amphibians, many insects, ect. Here we can find also many bat species!

2. Troglophils - here we have "cave lovers", species which use caves as shelters during winter period or for breeding. In this group we can find all groups mentioned in case of trogloxens.

3. Troglobionts - the most specialized group of animals strictly connected with caves. In almost 100% they can not live in other habitats and can be characterized by special morphological and anatomical characters (including luck of eyes or pigmentation, long antennae and legs, ect.). Here we can find some opiniones and other arachnids, many crustaceans (including Amphipoda and Isopoda, but also some crayfishes), a lot of beetles (mainly from families: Carabidae, Catopidae, Tenebrionidae, Staphylinidae), and some amphibian and fish species.
Of course in this group there is no bat species (bats have to leave caves for hunting!).

Thank you in advance for your time and comments, and please feel free to visit (and add your pictures!) my theme bats of Europe.

cataclysta, ralfsworld, haraprasan, eqshannon, Necipp, SelenE, Argus, XOTAELE, zeca, uleko, warnzy, fartash, JORAPAVI, peter_stoeckl, rousettus, oscarromulus, angybone has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To abettine: bat photos :)cicindela 1 12-13 15:13
To sily: thank you!cicindela 1 10-04 11:04
To rousettus: Rhinolophus hipposideros?cicindela 1 10-01 11:51
To Argus: R. mehelei or ferrumequinumcicindela 1 09-14 08:56
To pvs: ID will be soon :)cicindela 2 09-13 10:59
To pankajbajpai: thank you Pankaj!cicindela 1 09-13 07:16
To cataclysta: prawie jak troglodyta ;>cicindela 1 09-13 07:15
To ralfsworld: hanging creaturecicindela 1 09-13 07:11
To haraprasan: insectivorouscicindela 1 09-13 07:07
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Hi Radomir
What a funny hanging guy you have here :) Can't help you with ID.
Details are really good, cool composition and nice lighting.

hello radomir,
great capture of the bat, liked the natural colour tones, composition and framing very much,
sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-13 7:14]
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Hi Radomir,

A nice capture of this lazy fellow,wellexposed and focused,I cannot help with the ID,I know it can be quite difficult with these fellows to get a proper ID,well done and tfs


Like all species of them. It is a wonderful photo. Great composition.
Best wishes,

I have only seen a few in my childhood...although one was trapped inside my wilderness home in 2003. A great picture. To me it is somewhat risky working with these creatures. I feel trepidation. Very clear and interesting to see.

Hello Rad excellent shot superb sharpness and very well composed you were really close to a difficult to illuminate subject nice one tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Radomir, great capture, this is the first time that i see this lovely creature on TN, splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir,
WOW! what a lovely capture of this fierce looking Bat. Is it a blood sucker (vampire) or a fruit sucker. Nice composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Czesc Radziu
Trogloladny jest ten nietoperek ;-) Fajnie skomponowane, dobra ostrosc. Moze kontrast (na uszach :-) moglby byc lepszy ale to byla jaskinia i nietoperz i raczej go sobie nie mogles przestawic w inne miejsce. Notka swietna, jak czlowiek malo wie o roznych dziwnych stworach

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-14 2:25]

Radomir, WOW WOW WOW this is what my mind says after seeing this shot. Excellent and wonderful focus and lovely clarity image. TFS Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-14 2:25]

Hi Radomir,
Pose you captured is very good and funny :o) It looks great :o)) TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2007-09-14 4:19]

Widzę, że wsród większości uczestników TN jestem całkiem raczkujacym fotoamatorem. Dobrze jednak, że są portfolia mogące dawać przykład dobrej fotografii. Jest się z czego i od kogo uczyć. Foto ładne, zdaję sobie sprawę, że wykonane w trudnych warunkach ale udało się.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-14 7:27]
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Hello Radomir,
Nice capture of a Species of Horseshoe Bat. After looking it up in my books at home I think this might be Rhinolophus mehelyi. I am no expert on bats but the quality of this shot is good enough to be able to establish an ID.
Well done, thanks and have a nice weekend!

Hello Ramdomir,
This creature looks like a cartoon character, this is amazing. The picture is very well done with excellent details and exposure. You were very close! What an amazing animal, it looks so strange to me but I think it is beautiful at the same time :) This is an unusual post :)

Impresionante disparo con buenos detalles y excelente encuadre.
Buena nota Radomir.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Impressionnant, ces petites bętes sont habituellement cachées on les voit raremeent, merci de partage.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-09-14 19:56]

Wow! Amazing shot! This is a strange creature at this distance, don´t you think? Very nice details! Good exposition!

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-14 22:44]

Hello Radomir,
Wow, this one looks a bit like an upside-down soldier with two helmets on his head!! Excellent capture of this interesting cave dweller showing very sharp details and suitably dark colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla
P soon

Hi Radomir,

Great shot with nice detail and very natural looking light and colours. It must have been very difficult to get this right and you have done a great job.

Thanks for sharing


Hello Radomir
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Great focusing,use of flash and DOF,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-15 1:39]

Absolutly fantastic! What a magnificent shot of this peculiar creature! Wonderful sharpness and details for such a dark place. That's something I couldn't do with my camera :(. I am really impressed and delighted.
The note is also very good.
Congratulations and TFS

Oh my gosh! I didn't know what to expect when I clicked on the thumbnail. It gave me a start. I am glad that the flash didn't over brighten the image because the subdued light is very effective. It's a great shot.

Evelynn : )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-15 22:21]

Hi Radomir,
Splendid shot and amazing how they manage to balance like that. Immaculate sharpness and superb exposure with natural colours. The face looks scary. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hola Radomir,
Bienvenido de nuevo a TN, excelente imagen donde nos muestras con toda nitidez los detalles, el control de la luz es extraordinario, gracias por mostrar estas imagenes poco frecuentes en TN. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Radomir,
very expressive portrait. Wonderful. Fabulous details and colours. And coming with excellent notes, very well informing. Thank you! My best regards,

Hi Radomir,
this nice shot belongs to Rhinolophus hipposideros. Quality, sharpness and other very nice. I read good notes by you.
I saw interesting thing. One of them, magura (correctly magara) means cave in Turkish, Arabic. contrary Dupnisa cave, one of the most famous cave in Turkiye, mean cave in Bulgaria, as I know.
shortly Magura cave refer Cave's cave. Dupnisa cave similarly means Cave's cave or cave of cave:)
Information on cavernicolous animals given by you is very useful. I tell such a information in zoogeography lesson.
best wishes

Thanks for sharing this MOST, MOST, MOST unique image.
A very well presented composition.
Loved your note too.
I tried to photograph them in the Calgary zoo with my Sony DSC H9. It has "night vision' capacity; however, am not happy with the results. Shall try again someday.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-22 20:59]

Hi Radomir, what a beauty!! Excellent capture, and I am so pleased to see it - we don't get to see many bats here. Very sharp and clear - well done,

Wonderful details - great close-up! An adorable little face. These little ones are so misunderstood. Thank you for the cute shot! :)He looks like a little gnome.

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-10-02 7:01]

Hi Radomir!

What a nice bat?Nice composition and details.Well done.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-02 15:09]
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HI Radomir!
NOw I see why people think they are frightening, it really looks awful and funny at the same time, great shot with amazing details!

Hello Radomir,
It´s unusual to see bats in its natural environment i TN and this is really great. Excellent soft illuminaton and natural colours. Nice detailed close-up.

Bonjour Radomir,
Je ne crois pas avoir déjŕ vu des photos de chauves -souris de cette qualité. Quelle netteté, avec une belle lumičre, pour un sujet difficile ŕ maîtriser. Bravo !

It is a wonderful photo. Great composition.

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