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Fascinating animals

Fascinating animals
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bats - Chiroptera, Bats (Chiroptera) of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-08 3:03
Viewed: 4748
Points: 70
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Most people are afraid of bats, but I love them ! When I was a child I spent many time in my grand-parent's house, where there are lots and lots of bats. Now I am an adult and I work, but I like to go there and to watch these beautiful animals. They sleep under the roof, during the day, but as soon as the sun disappears at the horizon, they come out to catch insects. They are so graceful and so agile when they fly around.

I would say that they belong to the species Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrells), but I'm probably wrong ang if anyone could help with ID I would appreciate it.

I also posted a WS, to see the bats from another angle.

The picture is not as sunny or colorful as a butterfly, but I think it is interesting enought to be posted. It was also quite difficult to take this picture, as it was completely dark and I had to stand just under the roof, half standing and half on my knees, which was very incomfortable with my leg who is still hurting a little. I hope you'll like the photo as it is, with all the imperfections.

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Hi Valerie,
They are fascinating animals. I just recently was able to take a photo of one. It was located just next to my house. It was hanging on a wall where one not expect to see it. It actually stayed there the entire night and even the next day. My neighbour called animal control, because it seemed that the bat was not healty enough to fly and eat.
To see that many and all paired up this may is magnificent. It looks like the got the perfect place to sleep. Your effort of capturing did pay off. I hope the smell wasn't too bad either.

Hola Valerie,
Original toma poco frecuente en TN, interesantes estos simpáticos murciélagos, buena foto donde nos muestras muy bien sus forma y detalles, siento no poder ayudarte en la ID, saludos
José Ramón

Bonjour Valérie, ce n'est pas tous les jours que l'on peut voir une colonie de chauve-souris sur TN, la photo est très nette et les couleurs bien rendues, très bonne maitrise du flash, bravo et merci de partager,

Hello Valerie,
Ahhh, so you have your own colony of bats!
This capture is a bit funny too, since this is animal behaviour we don't see every day...
I remember when I was a kid there were lots of bats out during dark autumn evenings, but nowadays I hardly see any at all...
Image has fine details and shows well their daytime behaviour!
Pablo -

hi velerie,
nice capture of the bunch of hanging bats, nice pov, good lighting, liked thr composition too,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-08 4:31]

Hello Valérie,
Excellent capture of a fine gathering of Pipistrelles, a scene that not many of us have the priviledge to see. Both this and the shot in your WS are of fine technical qualties with good lighting, colour and sharpness and taken from a very suitable POV.
Nice to see!

Hi Valerie,
a unusual picture of this bats, they look pretty cute.
Good sharpness, colours. lighting and DOF.
I like your WS too.
Well done.

Great shot of these sleeping bats.
Well composed and I appreciate the difficulty you went to in getting thi sshot. Well done And TFS.


selam valerie , excellent shot and very good composition of this bats nice pov and bg with splendid colours.great work
Well done my friend !
Regards ridvan

bonjour valerie,

tres jolie perspective de ces petites betes.elles sont toutes bien exposees.super!
merci bcp,

Hi Valerie ,
interesting shot with great details.
well composed and nice sharpness.
very well done
thanks for sharing
my best regards

Indeed fascinating! Great capture with plenty of detail - and fun to look at! TFS and Cheers, Klaus

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-08 8:50]

Hi Valerie,

I have never seen more than one bat at a time so I found this picture fascinating. Not sure that I would have been so brave. You captured the group very well with great detail. That really is quite a sight. TFS.


Bonsoir Valérie,j'en ais aussi beaucoup près de chez moi mais c'est la première fois que je les vois aussi bien.Originale et très bien joué,bravo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-08 15:40]

Hola Valerie,
realmente original,
detalles magníficos,
sensacional Workshop.
buen flash,

This is a very interesting shot Valerie. You managed a lot of sharpness and detail. It is hard to tell just what they are hanging onto. You might experiment with adjusting the flash a bit so it is not quite so bright.

Evelynn : )

As a child I played with them. We had a lot of them in Goa where I was born.We also have them in Terceira, Azores. They kill all sorts of pests plus help reproduction of fruits etc:etc:etc.
Very useful creature; in fact, our world, as we know it, would not exsit if it were not for the bats. BELIEVE me, it is true.
Great photography work; excellent one in W/S too.

Hi Valerie,
A beautiful capture of this little bats in a group. Very nice details and POV. Both the OV and WSV are good. Sorry I don't know the ID but some sort of fruit bats I think. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Valerie,
It is a long time since I saw on TN a bat picture :) And it is really nice that you decided to show us these amazing and still poorly known creatures :)
I like that this is a colony (I believe a breeding colony) of Common Pipistrelle. It is nice to see these bats in their natural (or rather semi-natural) hhabitat. By the way, a small correction to the latin name. It should be Pipistrellus pipistrellus, there is a lack of one word in the species name :)
By the way, I added this picture to 2 themes: bats, and bats of Europe. I hope you will agree for that :)
TFS and have a nice afternoon,

Buena presentación de esta colonia de pequeños y desconocidos mamíferos. Buen enfoque y excelente luz a pesar de ser un interior, con unos colores que parecen muy naturales. Preciosa toma y un buen documento. Saludos Valerie.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-08-09 12:31]

Hello Valerie
splendide composition de chauve souris, capture assez rare
beaux détails et belle gestion de la lumière

PS merci pour ta visite

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-09 19:49]

Superb capture -- really shows their gregarious capture
Excellent colours and details

Hi Valerie,
I also find bats to be amazing creatures. As a kid I loved going to various street lights at night to observe the bats, Luna Moths and Rhinocerous Beetles...It has become more and more common to see bat houses(small wooden boxes nailed to trees for the bats to roost in) as people find that they help control mosquitos...The biggest fear of bats now comes from the fact that many are infected with rabies...In Austin, Texas there is a bridge where people go to watch as thousands of bats swirl into the sky at dusk...It is an amzing sight...Anyway, a great group capture...Nice detail, color, POV and composition...Well done...


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-10 9:59]

Hello Valerie,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,details,sharpness,exposure,framing and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-11 0:46]

Hola Valerie,
Muy buena foto para el lugar donde duermen estos murciélagos. Muestra con todo detalle y buena luz cómo pasan la noche estos curiosos animales. Estoy de acuerdo contigo que son unos bonitos y utilísimos mamíferos.
Saludos, José M.

Hi Valerie,
Very nice shot. They are hanging close to each other. I like the way you composed this picture. Very well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-13 5:40]

Bonjour Valery,
what a fabulous shot of this group, I'm amazed how close you got... I would not have been so brave ;-).
Very well composed, love the POV and the angle.
The lighting brings out great details .

Hello Valerie,
fascinating document from out of the dark - and so many of these bats, very clearly pictured. Love those pink faces and fluffy furs! You love to take us out to little adventure trips.
Your picture made me remember that some time ago in the morning I found a bat lying helplessly on its back in the grass in the yard of our university - incessantly screaming in a very shrill, almost imperceptible voice, while some crows were watching it a sort of malign interest that made chase them away.
When I carefully lifted the bat from the ground, it cuddled at once into my open hand, seemingly relaxed. That bat felt so impressingly light weight, like a feather, while I carried it to some kind of shelter.
Thank you! My best regards,

bonjour valerie
cette photo est reversante!
c'est une belle rencontre que tu a fait là,moi j'en ai une seule qui vient dormir derriere un volet mais lorsque je le bouge pour la photographier elle s'envole.
(j'ai plus de chance avez les papillon!!!)

Hi Valerie
I think bats are wonderful too. They eat lots of different bugs and especially mosquitoes. I don't have bats right here in Cochrane, but drive an hour or so east and they have lots. Bats play in important roll in nature and I wish there were more of them.

Nice capture of this group of tiny bats. They look so cozy huddled altogether. Well done.
TFS Janice

Hi Valerie,
Love this, wish I could fine me some bats :(
And row after row no less! Great DOF, detail color, and exposure. I agree, fascinating animals!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-17 7:23]

hi Valerie,
this is just awesome! i love bats too.. fascinating creatures! and what an amazing capture of them. really cool how they are in rows and huddled in the corner like that. and nice lighting, great focus and sharpness in the detail and great DOF. great work!

Ciao valerie,
formidable, spectaculaire et très interessante image; je suis d'accord le chauvre-souris est très séduisant et, surtout, je crois qu'il est très bon pour l'habitat.
Merci et mes compliments.
Bon week-end.

Hi MF Val, these are realy fascinating animals. You capture them their acrobatic position:) perfect lit and neat details as well as fine composition MF!
TFS and cheers,

Hi Valerie,
I cannot say I love bats, but I find them very interesting. (I found once one in a cupboard.)



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