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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: 2007-12-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caves and cave life., Mammals of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera) of Poland, Bats (Chiroptera) of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera), Bats - CHIROPTERA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-20 13:27
Viewed: 6045
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
And here I am again! :> And again with a bat picture, but I promise that this is the last one as for longer time :>

This is a Whiskered bat (Myotis mystacinus) or in Polish - nocek wasatek in its winter shelter in the Szachownica Cave, Szachownica Nature Reserve, Zalecze Landscape Park.
As you can see on the picture the English/Polish names are very accurate to its morphological features :>

Really this species is very difficult to recognize during winter period, as it can be misidentified with very similar species - Myotis brandtii when it is not active.

As this is my third picture of Chiroptera in last days, here are some "records" noted in this mammal group:

The biggest - Asiatic Pteropus vampyrus (1.5 kg, maximum wingspan: 1.7m).

The smallest - Craseonycteris thonglongyai from Thailand (2 g, maximum wingspan: 10 cm).

The biggest colony are known from Arizona and New Mexico in the USA, they can include several millions of bats!!!

The biggest area of one colony - noted in Australian Pteropus species which included some 30 millions of bats was covered area 10km x 1.5km!!!

The longest migratory flight was recorded in Pipistrellus nathusii, firstly noted from Latvia, 4 years later found in France. The distance was some 2100 km

The oldest bat individual noted in the wild was some 30 years old.

And last but not least, I would like to dedicate this photo to two TN members who helped be with ID of my last bat picture. Dear Ahmet (rousettus) and Ivan (Argus) this picture is for you!!! :>

Best greetings to All!!! :>

Juyona, ramthakur, nkasot, zulfu, boreocypriensis, matatur, Argus, uleko, fartash, jcoowanitwong, bobcat08, haraprasan, SkyF, Alex99, rousettus, valy67, SelenE has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Nephrotome2: not hanging :)cicindela 1 08-26 08:33
To Alex99: close-upcicindela 2 04-01 10:20
To rousettus: thank you!cicindela 1 03-24 03:36
To Argus: thanksrousettus 1 03-23 13:28
To boreocypriensis: Attenborough's movies :)cicindela 2 03-22 05:09
To ramthakur: drops on the furcicindela 1 03-21 05:12
To kebapci: big hands of batscicindela 1 03-21 04:41
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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-20 15:27]

Hola Radomir,
excelente trabajo,
con detalles y buen pov,
links y presentación magnífica,

Hello Radomir,
Woow , looks strange with drops this poor bat, it suffers the cold climate. I never see such kind of images, something new for me. 10 points

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-20 16:52]

Hi Rado,very very great,impressive pic,wonderfull quality and animal not easy to found and to take so perfetc,my best compliments,Luciano

Again a great capture. I have read from Guinness book that Craseonycteris thonglongyai had 16 cm wingspan. I couldnt understand that time how can a few cm long animal had such big h-a-n-d-s :)

Hello Radomir,

Good detail and pov.
Also the sharpness is good, the drops are extra.
Good shot.

regards Gert

Hello Radomir, Very nice shot and lovely composition. Ganesh

Is this chap frozen over in the winters, Radomir? Do I see ice on its coat?
This picture has a great documentary value.
As usual, a perfect capture in all respects.
TFS and regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-21 11:46]

What an original shot of this Bat, Radomir!
The droplets on its fur are incredible!
Such clarity and sharpness!
Superb composition.
Great flashwork.
Stunning work!
Thanks for sharing this,


Hello Jaskula,
Splendid shot of this bat. Nice composition. TFS. Have a nice Easter weekend!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-21 16:33]

Hello Radomir,
Wonderful shot of this bat. Great composition. TFS and regards,

Hello Radomir,

Very nice picture of this bat under all these droplets.
Excellent sharpness and lighting. Nice natural colours.

Hi Radomir, great portrait of strange creature with wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi My dear friend Radek,
Another splendid shot of a bat. It is more atractive to search its biology:) your notes are excellent as usual. TFS. Have a nice Easter time my friend!

Ps. I have got David's movies which you mentioned.

A beautiful capture of this fine bat specimen in obvious torpor Radomir, I am astonished to see some icicles and water droplets over the dorsal hairs, either the isolation of the fur is perfect, or during the inactivity phase the basal metabolism of the bat plunges right down. Interesting situation indeed!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-22 5:03]
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Hello Radek,
Many thanks for the dedication which makes me happy, but I am not a bat expert like our friend Ahmet who is really worthy of this dedication.
A great capture of a Whiskered bat covered in dew, which emphasises the 'whiskers'.
The lighting and sharpness are excellent and serve well to show the features of this species, (but you have to look at the teeth to distinguish it from brandtii).
Thanks again, Radek, and have a good Easter weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-22 5:10]

Hello Radomir,
I think I like this one the best of all!! It's a great capture of the bat in a fine pose. Details are very sharp and colours natural but best of all are the drops on its fur and it makes the whiskers really show up well! Well done! (Ivan will love it, I'll have to go and give him a hint! Ooops, he got here before me!:-)
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hello Radomir
Excellent shot of this Whiskered bat ,
Perfect details,exposure and POV,Superb shot my friend.


Hello Radomir,
This is a wonderful bat image. This is original with water droplets all over the body. Sharp focus and beautiful composition.

Hello Radomir,

Is this photo made in the open air, and not in a hole? Must be cold for him! I never see such kind of images. Splendid. The droplets on its fur are incredible. POV and BG are good. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello Radomir,
many thanks for your excellent dedication. I am also happy sharing it with our joint friend and kind person Ivan. This is one of the best gifts for me.
Excellent capture of Myotis mystacinus in torpor. Its frozen moustaches visible perfectly. (As you know, "mystacinus" means "with moustaches").
Recently, this species was divided into several species; M. mystacinus [sensu stricto], M. aurascens (in Southern Europe and the Balkans and Turkiye to the Caucasus), M. alcathoe in the Balkans and Turkiye and others in Turkiye and eastwards. Polish population same as formerly: M. mystacinus.
Finally (for Ümit's question), "Chiroptera" originated from Old Grek "chiros" with meaning "hand" and "pteros" with meaning "wing". The bats fly with their hands and therefore they have long fingers. on the contrary, the birds fly with their arms and They dont need long fingers. Already fingers Ist, Vth absent, others blunt.
thank you very much again
best wishes cordially

Hi Radek,
A nice dedication and a very nice capture of this beautiful whiskered bat. The water drops makes an excellent effect. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-24 6:44]

Hello Radomir,
too bad ... I'm getting used to those little vampires. :-)
Interesting seeing it all covered in the water droplets.
Great sharp details and very we good use of flash.
Very nice work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-29 20:38]
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Hi Radomir.
How could you take such close-up photos and did not disturb this cute creature? Wonderful three-dimensional picture with plenty attractive details and crisp sharpness. Bravo. Well done and great note as always.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-04-08 11:58]

Hello radomir !
This is really a precious picture ! I love this dew-covered bat, it is cute and quite unusual. There are excellent sharp details and we can see very clearly the whiskers who gave this bat its name. Composition, POV and colors are excellent too. Very well one !

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-01 1:33]

Hi Radomir,
It's a very well focused, crisp sharp capture of this cute bat with lovely details. Water drops on the fur look beautiful. TFS

Crisp clear. Drops are lovely. Perfect POV and DOF.
This bat is real cute.
A 90 degree rotation might have been suitable. It looks like it lay on the floor, while I guess it was hanging on a wall/rock.
Brilliant shot. I never whitness any bat in winter. I know where to find them during the summer days sleep, but they hide somewhere else for the long winter.

Hi Radomir, What an amazing pic! Bats fascinate me and this one seems to be small and very interesting! bats are hard to be spotted and even harder to be captured. Very well done! Sharp in details and very interesting composition.

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