SAFE IN THE SHELTER
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|A Brown long-eared bat - Plecotus auritus (Vespertilionidae) is one of the most common bat species in Poland, occurring in woodland areas and parks.|
Body length: 4.2-5.3cm, Wingspan: 24-28cm, Weight: 5-12g.
This species feeds in flight mainly on moths but it also plucks caterpillars, spiders and other prey off twigs and leaves.
In Poland it is protected by the law.
This hibernating individual was photographed in Szachownica cave in "Szachownica" Nature Reserve, Zalecze Landscape Park. This cave is known as one of the most important places in Central Poland where bats can wintering. Usually during a winter about 700-1000 specimens belonging to 5-10 species can be found in this cave. Moreover, from the Zalecze Landscape Park 17 species of bats are known, what makes almost 80% of all Chiroptera species known from the area of Poland.
Generally it is known that bats are predators hunting for different, mainly also flying insects. Of course there is also many Chiroptera eating fruits or consuming nectar. Some of them are also known as hunting for frog and fish species, and of course there also a famous wapire bat.
On the other hand, bats are preys of many species, including owls, snakes, falcos, and even the invertebrates from the Chilopoda group.
The title of this picture - "Safe in the shelter" has meaning also in case of the "Shachownica" cave. Studies made by my colleagues from the University of Lodz shown that bats which try to spent winter in the entrance part of cave are sometimes found by tits (Parus sp.). These small and nice for the first view birds, here are the killers!!! They use Chiroptera species as a kind of cupboard!
Hibernating bats are not mobile (they are "sleeping") and can not escape or even defence, so tits eat away adipose tissue of the prey without any problems. Even if any bat specimen survive such kind of attack it has no chance to survive until spring will come...
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- [2007-01-16 6:17]
again, excellent pic on all levels. It's of course difficult to beat the one with the flying bat! But the droplets, the form of the shelter, all very instructive.
No ten stwoek jest super. Bardzo mi sie podoba i ten luk skalny dodaje czegos ciekawego fotce
Simply a GREAT photograph! I really like how you have the detail on the little bits of frozen dew on the hairs of this bat. Wonderful detail!
A friend of mine is doing her studies on bat flies; one of the important aspects of her studies are not to touch the hibernating bats -- the little bits of warmth from the hands can heat them up, wasting that important adipose tissue.
Great picture! Hope you get a chance to take some more bat photos!
- [2007-01-22 8:01]
this capture is very unique I never looked inside a a bats shelter like this before, to tell the truth I never got closer than 5m from a bat;-).
Excellent capture, very good use of flash. POV, details and sharpness is excellent.
- heidi (78)
- [2007-03-19 9:49]
I hope the bat wasn't bothered with the flash light :)
I like very much your photo, the colours and the details are very good and his long ears are very funny.
Exelente fotografia de Plecotus en su habitat. Es un feo muy bello!!, no conocía esta especie.