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Ghost Bat

Ghost Bat
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-14 7:24
Viewed: 9859
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not a technically brilliant shot I know, but I thought it was worth a post as there isnít too many bat shots on TN.

This is a Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas), the largest of the Australian microbats with a wingspan of around 200mm. This bat is distributed across the tropical part of northern Australia, where it roosts in caves and abandoned mine shafts. Like all microbats it is a nocturnal hunter, taking large insects, geckos, small mammals and other bats. Breeding takes place in late winter and a single young is born in spring.

There are two bats in the picture facing each other, I have not angle to work with and this is the best I could do.
This one was taken in the nocturnal house at Featherdale Wildlife Park in western Sydney.
Thanks for looking.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-09-14 7:43]

Original picture. I like it...

Hi Chris,
Your right about the bat shots here..They are a tough subject to get good shots on. Your flash got good color and detail. They are very interesting subjects..good nots...Thanks

Hi Chris,

I like bats, the more the better. Excellent shot and well done on the composition. "It's a Fuji thing." :) :)


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-09-14 10:04]

very good one Chris,
I like the details of this bat, it looks not happy out his eyes, very good composing shot, good use of the flash, good job,
gr. Jaap

Hi Chris!
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment ;) but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//Very interesting subject of the photo//

Chris, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

Nice one Chris , bats are very under represented here on TN, this is a nice controled shot, TFS yours Robert

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-14 17:08]

Chris, I do enjoy bats, and no doubt this shot is worthwhile posting.

Excellent pov and composition and... poses.

An unusual shot; this is a reason strong enough for you to post it.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-14 21:53]

Great shot of this bat, a creature rarely seen on TN. Very sharp details given the conditions. Superb POV. Well done and TFS. : )

Interesting shot & note Chris, Thank You!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-09-23 20:05]

Those animals are amazing! Thanks! Michal

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