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A DOWNY BALL


A DOWNY BALL
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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: 2004-04-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.0
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caves and cave life., Mammals of Europe, Bats - Chiroptera, Bats (Chiroptera) of Poland, Bats (Chiroptera) of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-20 6:36
Viewed: 6257
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today winter came back to Lodz, so I decided to show you a creature which found a great recipe for this this period of year. It is sleeping during this time! :>

And here we have a Brown long-eared bat - Plecotus auritus (Vespertilionidae) in typical winter position ;>

Really the true is, that bats do not sleep all the time during the winter - they can even hunt for... insects in this time! But the true also is that we know only a little about winter activity of these amazing and very mysterious mammals.

I wrote some more information in case of my earlier presentation of this bat so there is no reason to repead it here :>

On the other hand I would like to pay your attention on some unusual types of prey in bats :)

Generally is it known that bats are hunting for insects, mainly flying during the night. According to this opinion the main prey group of them are moths. But everyone knows that. Of course there are also famous vampire bats feeding on mammals and sucking their blood, and a group of vegetarian bats eating fruits or drinking flower nectar. But this is not a secret too :>

But did you know about tropical species hunging for frogs and fish? Yes, there are some species (e.g. Noctilio leporinus, Myotis macrotarsus, M. pilosa and Megaderma lyra) which are specializing in eating mainly these vertebrates. Thanks to large feet and claws they can catch even very slippery creatures! :>
In Baja California there is even one species, Myotis vivesi, which is known as predator of shrimps!
Of course these fish- and shrimp-hunting bats do not dive but they collect prey from the water surface as usually Ospreys do :)

But we do not need to go to tropics to observe unusual hunting strategies in Chiroptera. A good example comes from Europe where another species of genus Myotis - a forest M. myotis is known as hunting for wingless insects (mainly ground beetles - Carabidae), and spiders.

Pipistrellus pipistrellus is another interesting bat species from Europe. This species is know - similar to tropical species mentioned above, as hunting for water creatures (really it collects also flying insects). Also this time they are collected from the water surface. But in this case predator does not hunt for fish or frogs of course! Its preys belong are Chironomidae flies (Diptera). This bat is one of the smallest Central European species :>

This photo was taken in Szachownica Cave, Zalacze Landscape Park where many Polish Chiroptera species spend a winter.

cedryk, Jamesp, JORAPAVI, extramundi, marhowie, ramthakur, dew77, SkyF has marked this note useful
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To puciu: nietoperze :)cicindela 1 03-28 18:47
To extramundi: not really "frozen" :)cicindela 1 03-20 11:22
To Jamesp: bat's activitycicindela 1 03-20 11:15
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Hej,
Musze powiedziec, ze zabawne mocno jest to zdjecie, a wlasciwie jego bohater. Wglada troche jak Piszczalka z "Przyjaciela wesolego diabla".
Udany portret :-)
Serdecznosci,
Michal

Hi Radomir

An interesting shot of a hibernating bat. It is interesting because three days ago I saw one flying around outside my house at dusk - this is the earliest I have seen one (It came from my neighbour's bat box).

James

Hola Radomir,
Interesante documento gráfico muy bien detallado y magnífica la nota que acompańas, muchas gracias por compartirla. Saludos

Very nice capture of this most interesting subject :)
You captured very well not only the image, but also the temperature, it looks very cold.
I dont know how can they avoid getting frozen.
Lovely note too, I liked to see this one, TFS.

Very interesting capture & note Radomir.
And talk about a cold wet nose :) The nose itself looks like a pigs snout to me.
Great detail and use of flash to get this one.
Well composed..
Difficult conditions I'm sure.
Curious creatures these bats.
Well done & TFS!

Looks like the face of a Lhasa Apso to me, Radomir :-). Takes time to realise it is the face of a bat in winter and frozen!
I see this is an older picture going back to 2003.
Good job.
TFS.
Ram

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-20 17:25]

Hello Radomir,
Wonderful and unusual capture.POV,sharpness,lighting,framing and clear details are excellent.
TFS..:-)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-22 10:53]

Ha,ha. What a funny little thing! He needs no more to have a shower in the morning!
Excellent capture, Radomir! I like it a lot!
My compliments and TFS.
Maite

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-23 8:06]

Hello Radomir,
quite the interesting shot, a bat in hibernation I think this is a first for me. It looks cold with all the frost build up around it. Very good details, sharpness and colors are great.
TFS..Sky

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-03-28 15:28]
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Cześć Radomir. Fajne zdjęcie, bardzo dobrze wyszło, też ostatnio coś takiego robiłem i nie jest lekko. Świetna ostrość.
Robert.

Hi Radomir
The bats are my favourite animals. The shot is very nice.
thanks
ahmet karataş

Hi Radomir,
Nice picture with ice pieces on the bat. It is also present in Turkey, but I never seen it. Congratulations. Mustafa

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