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Red Bat?

Red Bat?
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-01
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bats - CHIROPTERA, TN Classics, Rare Creatures [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 17:45
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While on a weekend trip up north I took this photo of what I believe is a Red Bat. Rosie and I were walking along a trail at Geneva State Park when I spotted what I thought was a large cocoon hanging from a small tree limb.

I reached out and grabbed it for closer inspection when all of a sudden it moved in the palm of my hand. I quickly let go and discovered it was a bat, although it didn't seem to be bothered at all by the fact that I had just handled it.

It stayed clinging to the branch very tightly and seemed to be content on just hanging on. I pinched off a leaf that was hiding it's face and took a few shots.

In all my years of being outdoors I've never seen a bat hanging from a branch like this in broad daylight. I would have thought with the cool fall temperatures upon us now, that it would have been in a more protected place.

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Wow Ron, That is very cool. Definitely some thing I have never came across when I have been hiking and probably never will. Great shot with good exposure and sharpness with great detail. Thanks for sharing this one and the note too.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-02 18:44]

Hi Ron,
You took great advantage of a very rare occurance indeed. Maybe be got lost on halloween night. This image has wonderful clear and sharp focus giving us a great view of this nocturnal creature. Thanks Ron.

MOST unusual...I haev no explanation....it must be an anomaly of some sort....bats in daylight? that alone gives me wonder...ummmm....any open or scratched areas on the hands before you reached for it? I will put this in classics..it belongs there...I sure hope others get to see this! It would be nice to find some reasonable explanation...wow! What a deal Ron...I'll be back on this one to check it out and meanwhile you should ask others on forum...maybe someone has a clue..

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-02 20:58]

Hello Ron,

You are showing this bat in a good close-up image. DOF is well selected so that whole animal is im focus and cood details can be sharply seen. There is a fine match between the colors of animal's fur and the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Well isn't that the most amazing thing?? Not only is it a great sighting, and an unusual one but the photo is amazing too. It is sharp, well exposed and the colors are exceptional! This is a wonderful post!

Evelynn : )

about what is the size of your bat or the leaves for comparison?

Hi Ron,

Glad you didn't get bit! An exceptional bit of luck in finding the little beast, and an excellent image, you really nailed it. The autumnal colors in the leaves are a perfect frame for it too.

I've only seen a bat hanging in the open once, back when I was a kid visiting relatives near Ocean Springs, Mississippi. At the age of 11, I didn't have a camera then, sure wish I did though, as they lived out in the wilds, tons of fascinating things to see there including mind-boggling amounts of insect-eating plants of many species, unusual wildflowers, weird insects and lizards galore. I was in heaven when I visited their place. It's been "developed" since then, went back in the mid-80's and everything had changed, carnivorous plants that grew in every open lot and ditch were all gone, that's "progress" for you.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-03 18:07]

Hi Ron, I believe it is strange to see them in daylight. So lucky you.
Amazing to see one up close like this, and you show it well to us. The autumn leaves tone in so well with the red fur.
I am enjoying looking at it - thank you


Great shot, a real unique find. Like the color and defination. The composition is great.

Hello Ron,
I'm wondering if this is perhaps a young Fruit Bat (Flying Fox)
They do look very simlar to this,and do hang around in the daytime.
In the Pacific,some islands have huge colonies that hang around the trees in full daylight,but I haven't heard of them in the US before.
Perhaps it was someones escaped pet?
Its a wonderful image anyway,very sharp,with great fur detail and colour.
A great find and great capture.

Now thats a very amazing shot. I love the colors, the details are great and exposure is perfect. I have never seen anything like this in real life. Thats just awesome.


What a fascinating bat! Great photo with a perfect background. Bats are amazing creatures, aren't they? People don't realize how very beneficial they are.
Beautiful little creature!

Hi Ron,
I suppose I am saying what has already been said, but I will throw in to. I really like it. I think you have captured a very nice portait. It is, as others have said, an usual find. The colors are very pleasing.
I also very much enjoyed reading the note.


I love both the photo and your story to go with it! My first thought is to wonder if the bat was ill. You seem to be OK, so you clearly didn't suffer from handling it.

I'm not sure I would've maintained my composure enough after that to take a good photo. This one's perfect! I love it that one can see how its wings are tucked in, and the texture of its fur. The background of the fall leaves frames it beautifully.


Hello Ron
I have just seen this great capture among featured photograph on main page of TN. this is really great shot. thanks for sharing.
It is Red Bat, Lasiurus borealis. It can be seen roosting most often in deciduous tree foliage.
best wishes

Hi Ron,
This is such an amazing sharp photo with the cute critter's fur all fuzzy and highlighted in the sun, along with the beautiful Fall leaves surrounding him. I love the little feet grasping onto the branch. Great capture. I think bats are precious and here's a book tip for you with your grandchildren. Go to the library and get "Stellaluna". It's a precious story about a bat who gets seperated from his mom and tries to be like a bird. It's one of my favorites. Happy Holidays.

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