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Flight of the Bat

Flight of the Bat
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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 D ED
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bats - CHIROPTERA, Dificult shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-02 12:50
Viewed: 3562
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little Brown Bat
Myotis lucifugus

Little brown bat are insectivores, eating moths, wasps, beetles, gnats, mosquitoes, midges and mayflies, among others. Since many of their preferred meals are insects with an aquatic life stage, such as mosquitoes, they prefer to roost near water. They echolocate to find their prey. Often they will catch larger prey with a wingtip, transfer it to a cup formed by their tail, then eat it - smaller prey are usually just caught in the mouth. They often use the same routes over and over again every night, flying above water or among trees. An adult can sometimes fill its stomach in 15 minutes; young have more difficulty. If they do not catch any food, they will enter a torpor similar to hibernation that day, awakening at night to hunt again.

3 Days of careful planning allowed me to capture this incredible event of a bat flying over the water. If you look carefully there is a fish in the background that jumped out of the water.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-02 13:00]

Wow, Paul, what a superb action photo.
This is really marvelous! The flashlight is so beautiful. Impressive sharpness and perfect details. The frontal POV, DOF, composition and reflection on the water is splendid. Very high quality IMO.

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-11-02 13:02]

More than a spectacular capture Paul. Magnificent comeback with a truly awesome shot taken with care, planning and love. This is a photograph with a capital "P" letter in front. That is what I am talking about! Bravo Paul! Impresive work indeed.
George Veltchev

hello Paul
this is a great picture
super sharpness and good details
very goog shot
i like it
greeting lou

Hello Paul,

what an wow picture and how managed you that!
Perfect shot and what an razor sharp image from this flying bat.
Well done, you do an good job.


Hi Paul,

three days well spent, 'cause this photo is really remarkable.The crumple on the water due to the flap of bat's wings is the finishing touch to an already excellent photo.Great management of light.
Really a great photo.


hello Paul
what a perfect shot of flying bat on water surface. excellent sharp focus, POV and timing. Since I am a specialist on bats, I know very well that this is very hard shot. incredible. congratulations cordially. I look at it pleasurely. thanks for showing us this beauty. well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-02 16:39]

A pic at the top of difficult,but how did you get it?Fantastic timing,sharpness,colors,light and reflections too....2 points are not enough,my greats compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-02 18:53]

Awesome capture Paul!!
What an amazing image filled with spectacular action, fine detail and wonderful exposure. A top quality photo in every aspect. Simply stunning!!!

Wonderfully wicked shot. I love the detail in the bat's face. I also like the way the wings look like parachutes. I wonder if the fish was trying to catch the bat. LOL Oh well; nice shot all around. TFS Trevor

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-11-02 23:05]

Hello Paul
Amazing shoot ans excellent presentation
Thanks for sharing

Hello Paul,
incredible capture for this bat. Very very beautiful this image, worthy of National Geographic. Compliments, Paolo

Awesome Paul, this is a shot many of us only dream of getting..
You've mastered the technical side to get results like this. Adverse shooting conditions to say the least. And that fish adds magic to an already magical image..
What spell did you use here anyway?
Very well done, you're my hero :-}

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-11-27 14:50]

Hola Paul.
Excellent and fine work Paul.
Just beautiful. A photo very hard to take, but with a great result.
Patience pays off in this picture.
Congratulations My friend.

Hi Paul

An artistic action photo belying the hard work you have put into achieving it.

Well done.



scary one, TFS Ori

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-12-27 11:10]

Wow Paul
This is amazing. It is not only difficult to capture s subject in the dark but bats also fly so fast. And you captured the bat with good focus and sharpness. I think it was worth 3 days planning and waiting.
Very impressive worlk.
Well done!!

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