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Rhinolophus euryale - 1st on TN

Rhinolophus euryale - 1st on TN
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bats - CHIROPTERA, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 5, Mammals in Turkiye & the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-22 14:51
Viewed: 7035
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My dear friends,
Sorry for my silence. In this week, I have been in trip again. I went to Balıkesir Prov., located northwestern corner of Anatolia, for a formal duty and I came back yesterday. I also visited several caves in there and I found only seven horse-shoe bats of the genus Rhinolophus hibernated in a cave.
These are belongs to Rh. ferrumequinum and Rh. euryale (CHIROPTERA: RHINOLOPHIDAE).
I already posted photograph of first species. Today, I prefer to upload photograph of the second species: Rhinolophus euryale - Akdeniz Nalburunlu Yarasası [TR], Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat [EN].
As I search on TN, this is first post for the species. Its Latin name [euryale] was originated from
eury: "wide" and ala: "wing", namely "wide winged". Four of five European species of the genus Rhinolophus cover their body with their wings during hibernation and resting out of winter. Whereas, Rh. euryale do not this and it keeps its wings keeping on the sides.

All rhinolophids have leaves on their noses and they use them for receiving sound pulse by echolocation. The part on upper lip is similar a horseshoe and called by this name. Other leaves are named as sella and lancet.
Although some people know that the bats are blind, all bats have a pair of eyes. But they use echolocation to see in dark, except for some frugivourus bats of the family Pteropodidae. In this shot, you dont see their eyes, since they close eyes during hibernation.

The photograph was taken in natural cave, using a small torch and camera's flash.

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Selamlar hocam,
Bu suret harika olmuş :))
Elinize sağlık ve ilk yorumlayan olmak mutluluk verici.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-22 15:07]

Hi Ahmet

A good shot of these bats - it must have taken a lot of effoert and skill to get this shot.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-22 22:05]

Hello Ahmet
Excellent work! Every time when you come back from a trip you bring us a lot of interesting and wonderful photos...thanks for sharing

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-23 0:04]

Günaydın Ahmet Hocam,
Çok sevimli görünüyorlar:)Bugüne kadar hiç yarasa fotograflama imkanım olmadı.Böyle güzel görüntülemek pek kolay olnmsa gerek.
Güzel bir haftasonu geçirmeniz dileğimle,selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-23 0:04]
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Hi Ahmet

Maybe some of the members might comment on the fact that the image of these two
Mediterranean Horseshoe Bats are a little bit on the dark side, but that could probably
be because they might not have considered the extremely difficult conditions prevailing
when you captured the image. I have tried it and I know that photographing anything
inside a cave are no child's play. Unless you have a sound system of external lighting
to supplement the total absence of light, anything taken inside a cave are bound to be
slightly darkish. The reasons being; the lack of any reflective surfaces for the light to be
able to bounce back at the subject, the inadequacy of our little flash lights to sufficiently
provide enough luminosity of the subject, or the nature of caves to just absorb whatever
light you may provide. Under these circumstances I think you did a great job to capture
these "charming" little bats. Especially good details visible on the specimen on the right.

Well done and TFS.
Enjoy your weekend.

Merhaba Ahmet,
bravo for 1st, are important a new presentation, very good photo and attribution of natural colors, the composition is splendid indicative for the type!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-23 1:15]

Merhaba Ahmet Dostum,
Congratulations on this Horshoe Bat species fisrt on TN, R. euryale!
The use of flash has illuminated the head of one of the two with enough clarity to see its features and its wing-apart resting pose.
Thanks and best regards to you and your family my friend,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-23 2:04]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
congratulations for the posted species..such a lively view and to me it is so chubby too.
very well captured in good use of flash to give a maximum sharpness and all its features.
I like the texture of the cave also.
Excellently presented with high note in its academic content.
Well done .


Hola Ahmed'im,
Nicedir TN'e uğrayamıyordum, sevimli yarasaların geçirmekte olduğum berbat nezleyi bile unutturdu. Mağara şartlarında bu karenin tespit edilebilmesi bile büyük başarı dostum, kutlarım.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-23 3:43]

Hello Ahmet,
Nice photo of these Horseshoe Bats. Specially the right one is good in focus. Not easy to make a good photo in a cave in total darkness. Beautiful natural colours.

Hello Ahmet
congratulations for a new species o TN, i like bats very much, and this two are very nice and captured in a cave, her natural environment
fine composition and lighting
Have a great sunday

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