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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: 2004-06-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caves and cave life., Mammals of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera) of Poland, Bats (Chiroptera) of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-17 10:55
Viewed: 6506
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Serotine bat - Eptesicus serotinus - a real "master of the darkness", here during the day period in its typical shelter - an attic in the human house.

This bat is rather huge as for the European species, with wingspan up to 38 cm. It usually hunts in forests but in oposition to many other Polish species it prefers human buildings as shelters, and because of that it is often classified as synanthrope. But even as a synanthrope this species in endangered and placed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in the least concern category.

There are many legends and myths about bats, and short information about some of them you can read in my earlier presentation here, but one of the most famous is the legend about Dracula - the cruel Romanian lord who could change himself in the bat after the sunset ;>

Of course we all know "Dracula" thanks to novel with the some title written by Bram Stoker, but not everyone knows that history knows the real Dracula...
It was Vlad Dracula, known also as Vlad Tepes or more correctly Vlad III the Impaler - the Price of Wallachia from 15th century, presently a region of Romania.

In modern Romanian the word "dracul" means "the devil" but in Vlad's day also meant "dragon" or "demon", and really its name should be understood as "Son of the Dragon".
Anyway, his other "names", and among them especially "Tepes" is clearlly corresponding with Stoker's novel. It means "impaler" and clearly suggests Dracula's preferred method for executing his opponents.

Vlad Tepes really was a very cruel prince and killed many people, including childrens and old men, but in Romania he is a hero. Of course not because of killing!!! Thanks to his methods Wallachia was a very safety region, and none of his neighbours attacked this country. Moreover, he "definitely" ended corruption and theft - all persons who broke the law were... impaled!!!

Of course bats as the animals are not dangerous (if you are not an insect of course ;>) and killing their preys only to survive :>

This specimen was photographed in its breeding colony in Golesze village, Sulejow Landscape Park, Central Poland.

As always please feel free to visit my themes bats of Europe and bats of Poland. Also please, feel free to add your picture to these themes :>

haraprasan, jmp, ramthakur, Maite, Jamesp, eqshannon, fartash, Evelynn, blakitan, manyee, jcoowanitwong, kessi, SkyF, dew77, kjpweb, delic, gracious, uleko, jlbrthnn, Adanac has marked this note useful
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To Argus: serotine bat in Swedencicindela 1 06-26 15:35
To jmp: threatening facecicindela 1 06-17 11:38
To ramthakur: resting Dracula ;>cicindela 1 06-17 11:36
To haraprasan: thanks you!cicindela 1 06-17 11:34
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Hi Radomir,
Bats are amazing creatures. They are truly master of darkness. Well captured shot. Nice note. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Count Dracula in resting mode, eh?
You caught him by surprise and he does not seem to like it, Radomir, so beware of the darkness, ha, ha, ha!
A very good capture of this creature, which, despite its negative image in human psychology, is just one of the denizens of the earth and useful to the environment in numerous ways, I am sure.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-17 11:23]
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Hi Radomir,
Excellent capture with perfect details, texture, sharpness and ... a very threatening face!
TFS, José M.

This is a very good capture of this little "devil" :) You caught excellent details with good use of flash. Your notes are much interesting. I have read a lot about this subject and I think that you did a complete resumé. Thanks :)

Hi Radomir,

A great capture. Nice composition of that little "Devil". Normaly they resting by hanging on their fingertips. Nice POV and BG. Great colours. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-17 12:17]

Hello Radomir
What a cute bat you found and captured! I find it curious that hunting in the forest they prefer to shelter in human buildings. The note about it and about Dracula is absolutly interesting.
The picture is great, with excellent sharpness and details.
Thank you very much for sharing!

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  • TommyB (62)
  • [2007-06-17 12:19]

Hi, great capture of this bat. Lovely shot.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-17 12:30]

Hi Radomir

A lovely shot of this bat - great detail and POV. It also reminds me of what I have in my attic!! They sometimes smell a bit, I would like to encourage them to move elsewhere - but I wont - it is illegal here anyway.


A nice click of a rodent which frightens me only in its speed and its chosen time of evening to appear. These can be speedy and vicious. It appears you have caught it unaware of your intentions. Very good...You need go no closer thank you.

Pacific NW Wilderness

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-17 13:02]

Hi Radomir,

A nice and sharp capture,I see them as well in the night time flying around in front of our windows,the only thing I am curious about as we can see them only in summer season if they are migrating or in herbinate in wintertime anyway remarkable animals who really know there way in the dark hours,tfs


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-17 13:02]

Radomir,Lovely composition and the way it is sitting in the darkness is very well captured. TFS Ganesh

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-06-17 13:36]

Hi Vlad, erm, I mean Rad :-)

Very pleasant animal in good pose. Slightly scared by light, with very nice details and natural colours. Great note, by the way! If you want to see real Dracula's place check my photo :-)


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-17 15:37]

Hi Radomir. a very good shot of the Bat.very good detail and colour. with sharp focus. you have some very good notes as well. thanks.

Well done TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-17 16:04]

selam radomir ; excellent shot of this bat, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with naturel colours

ooh...I'm not sure I would want this in my attic but it certainly is a great photograph. The flash revealed all the details and his surprise. Nice work. This is a super addition to your bat gallery.

Evelynn : )

Hi Rado,
Great to see this guy in its hiding place. Superbly captured. Great sharpness.
Excellent shot.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-18 2:10]

An excellent shot and rare pose of a bat.
The details are fantastic and well lit by the flash.
What an amazing expression!
TFS. : )

Great shot of this bat Radomir. Getting this shot in his nest like this is pretty incredible. You've got great detail in this sharp shot. Did you set up ahead of time, or just climb up to the attic?

Thanks, John

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-06-18 4:14]

Hello Radomir. What a wonderful clear picture of the bat. One can see every hair on his fur and wrinkle on the wings. Great picture to study the bat from. Did it feel at all threatened when you photographed it and fly away? You do a wonderful job in teaching us about bats. Thanks so much. Regards, Irmgard

Hi Radomir,
Nice shot of Serotine bat. This one looks huge as you mentioned. The photo is crisp clear and well composed. TFS this beautiful photo and informative note.

Hello Radomir
What a wonderful shot of this Serotine bat ,
Great composition,lighting and use of flash,
I haven't captured a bat until now,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-18 8:52]

Hi Radomir,
great shot, the master of darkness does not seem to be impressed about being disturbed by the flash ;-).
Very well captured, the details are very nice.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-18 12:09]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent capture.Sharpness,exposure,framing and expression on face are wonderful.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-18 21:58]

Great shot! Hard to get in the first place. Wonderful clarity and detail. Well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-19 17:39]

You certainly have a great gallery here Radomir. And this fellow looks so interesting - we only have one bat in NZ (our only native mammal) but I've never seen one.
This looks really interesting - he doesn't look too happy at the light. And I enjoyed reading your bnotes too,
Kia ora

PS Cold and wet and windy today!! BBbrrr

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-19 18:02]

Hello Radomir,
That is one big bat. How close is Sulejow Park to Lodz? I might consider a visit in September. Excellent photo by the way, esp. flash control, even though it looks a bit startled.
Best wishes,

Hi Radomir,
Well defined image.
Lovely story:-)

Hello Radomir,
amazing captured of this creatures
very details in sharpness, colour and clarity
well done and TFS

bonjour radomir
houlala!!!!vous avez reveillé dracula!!
excellente photo,l'intensité du flash est parfaitement maitrisée et la netteté est remarquable.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-21 10:46]
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Hello Radomir,
Fantastic capture of the Serotine Bat, in Sweden this species being found only in Scania, where it was discovered in 1982. I have never seen it myself.
I wonder if it also hangs upside down when resting?
Very sharp image and excellent use of flash making this a high qualty and valuable contribution to TN.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-21 11:00]

Hello Radomir,
Very fine close capture of this interesting bat in rather an unusual resting position. They are very weird creatures and certainly very fascinating as you so rarely see them.
Very sharp details and good light showing up the colours. Good note too!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-22 4:07]

Hi Radomir,
Splendid shot of this Serotine Bat. They look so feiry and its eyes says it all - intense and alert. Clear details and impressive sharpness with fine focus. I like your POV to portray it and prefect use of flash light. They truely are the masters of darkness and considered as bad omen, but for us it is another species of nature. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-23 8:54]

Witaj Rado!
It's a great shot of this dark loving creature. I like the details - it's fur, it's eyes...
Bravo! Pizdraviam!

Hi Radomir,
bats are my favourite animals. Very nice shot of this lovely serotine with great focus, sharpness, POV.
best wishes

Hello Radomir,
I much like this interesting photograph. We rarely have occasion to see very near this kind of animal. It is a great very descriptive shot. Congratulations.

Impresionante toma y gran enfoque y luz. Nunca he visto este tipo de animales. Original y bella toma supongo que en su hábitat. Saludos Radomir.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-25 20:41]

Hi Radomir,
Outstanding capture with great details and colors, thanks for sharing.

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  • emka (41)
  • [2007-10-23 9:06]


Wspaniały jest ten nietoperz. Wygląda dość grożnie. Nie jestem pewna, czy chciałabym się z nim spotkać. Dzięki za zdjęcie.



Wow! Great picture ! Perfect details, great pose, great exposure and beautiful ligh. Well done, thanks!

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