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Short-nosed fruit bat

Short-nosed fruit bat
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Copyright: Ravi Kailas (rkailas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 2 N: 175] (799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bats - CHIROPTERA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-29 1:00
Viewed: 32130
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please note that I have reposted this picture from yesterday. While the changes are not major, I believe it makes a big difference to the presentation of the picture. I cropped the picture around the sides and in the bottom to rid of empty space in the original. This, I think results in a better composition overall, and has fewer distracting elements in the frame.
A short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx) hanging from a guava tree in our garden. Unusually, I found this individual in broad daylight, and exposed, - atypical for what I believe are mass roosting species in more sheltered locations (bats are also known to thermoregulate while roosting and roosting habitat is of consequence). But they love the guava fruits and are all over the place in the evening/night. Perhaps this fellow just wanted to sneak a few extra bites on the sly!

For more on the species:


SelenE, mariki, boreocypriensis, inked, Rolf, jusninasirun, rousettus, Luis52, izler, marhowie, touristdidi, valy67 has marked this note useful
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To valy67: thank you!rkailas 1 07-21 21:54
To rousettus: Thanksrkailas 1 01-30 21:44
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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-29 1:04]

Hi Ravi,
What a cute little bat :o) His big eyes look lovely. I liked the pose you captured, the eye contact and the POV. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Ravi,

Beautiful portrait of this cute bat. Good focus on the head. Very nice detail. Very beautiful eyes.
Well done,

Good Morning Ravi,
A nice shot of the natural presentation of this beauty. TFS friend.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-29 1:30]

hi Ravi,
nice one! very cute with those big dark eyes looking at you. really nice POV and DOF, well focused. thanks for sharing.

Hi Ravi,

cute bat!!! The focus could be better, but the POF is great... TFS

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-29 2:16]

I can only repeat - wonderful eyes and wonderful face! Great shot!

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-01-29 2:28]

Hello Ravi
This one is good looking too :)

Hi Ravi,
Oh my...! What a lovely creature! I think that this is the first time I think a bat is cute; look at those irresistible eyes, they are wonderful! I would be much impressed to have this creature in my garden! Exposure is beautiful and so is this POV and colors. I think that it might have moved a little as details on its head could be a little accentuated. Anyway, just for fun, I did a WS. I hope that you won’t mind. I like this picture a lot and this eye contact is impressive :)

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-29 16:06]

Hi Ravi,

I've never been attracted by bat but this one is so cute with her gentle and delicate face.Love those big eyes...look like marbles. Well done!


Hello Ravi,
Superb bat with those details in the face. Not many pictures of this mammal here and thanks a lot for sharing.

Best regards,

Hello Ravi,

You did a great job by recomposing this picture! I also like very much Claudine's workshop because the extra sharpening help alot to bring our eyes to the head having the rest of the body more blurred... Great POV and well composed!

Great job and TFS!


Hello Ravi,
fruit bats are my favourite animals that I am also batman and I study on them. In Turkiye, there is a single species, Rousettus aegyptiacus. Rousettus, my nickname at same time, relatively similar to your Cynopterus. You capture it with a great composition and POV. Focus, contact of very beautiful and large eyes very nice. Many people know or assume all bats blind and hairless. really, all of them have eyes, but only fruits bats with large eyes as like you show us greatly. The last group usually without echolocation on the contary Microchiroptera (mainly insectivorous bats).
I send my special thanks you for showing us. Best wishes

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-30 17:59]

Hola Ravi.
Muy bello ejemplar de este Murcielago. En su pose habitual. Muy hermosos sus ojos y exelente encuadre para la presnetacion.

Hi Ravi,

This is such an unusual shot, and extremely well taken. You have captured great detail, particularly is those big eyes, and the composition and perfect.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 21:06]

Hello Ravi

A wonderful capture of this very cute upside down bat.
The eyes are lovely and you have managed beautiful catch light in them.They are so dark and shiny.
Very good focus and details.
The DOF and POV is well done.


  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-02-12 13:51]

selam Ravi
good capture of this cute specie and good eye catch
i like composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours and note
thanks for sharing

Hi Ravi,
Great improvement in your presentation. It looks like you had enough resolution in the original to crop, while maintaining good quality. A much more dynamic image :)
We have bats here where I live..But I've only seen them as shadows cast in the night from our backyard security light :(
Well done,

Great shot. The composition is good, and what appears most striking to me is the reflections in the eyes. May be a little more DOF wud have been better. Anyways, great work.

His eyes are beautiful, and sweet, but his skin is strange. I see fruit bats in Nepal and Sri Lnaka roosting in huge groups in the morning, stretching their wings, flying when a hawk goes after them or the crows.

Hello Ravi !
I discover your gallery with great pleasure, and I particularly love this picture, because bats belong to my favourite animals and we do not see them very often on TN. I love how this bat seems to be looking right into your eyes, with his big black and shiny eyes. Nice composition, natural colors, nice details on the face. Very well done !

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