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Fruit bat

Fruit bat
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-08 10:54
Viewed: 1935
Points: 20
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Hi all
just back from another trip to East Africa, first time in Uganda
let's start with a Fruit-bat (Hi Ahmet ;-), unfortunately I was not able to ID it down to species, maybe someone can help: it was a medium sized fruit bat, wingspan not greater than about 50 cm, a large group came every evening just after dusk to the swimming pool for drinking. Dozens of bats circled around the pool for about 20 minutes, than it was over.
How did I get this image?
Telezoom at 100 mm
fix focus at 5 meters
automatic flash
just shoot into the flock
out of about 50 pictures I found this gem cropped to about 50 %
thanks for commenting and helping with identification

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-11-08 10:59]

Hi Tom,this is absolutely a masterwork,one of the most difficult things to do,you're a great photographer,the result is really fantastic,incredible details and magnificent wings position,one of the best bat never seen,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-11-08 11:13]

Hello Tom,
Fantastic photo of this bat. I saw them too when I was Uganda, many years ago. I think it's the Straw-colored Fruit Bat, eidolon helvum. Specially when I look at the size and colours. Colonies of them roost in tall trees in many African cities and towns.
This photo is a little masterpiece in a great composition.

Hello Tom.
Very difficult subject, but you captured it so well.
Good sharpness, nice colour.
impressive catch light.
best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-11-09 0:57]

Fantastic moment, excellent sharpness, composition and light. I like it. It is a good work. Congratulation.

Hello Tom,
A GEM indeed my friend. A very difficult shot indeed. Absolute clarity and that eye, . . . I love it!!!! Your cropping is perfect.
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-09 4:37]

Bonjour Tom,
Perfect, just perfect. This is really an amazing shot by its subject and the sharpness you have reached. Sometimes it is worth to make a lot of shots. I also like the horiziontal framing and the fine harmonious colours.

Hi Tom, Amazing clarity and sharpness of this Fruit-bat. Bats only active in the dark night and you could able to catch this shot with the bat flying, you are very good at photography. Incredible shot. Thank for sharing

Fantastic photo Tom! Excellent composition and framing, wonderful lighting and impressive sharpness!

Hello Mr.Tom,
To me it was not an easy task to capture a Bat in dark.Due to their swiftness and in dark one must need good accuracy.Excellent timing with good lighten the subject.I like its details too.Just one question-have you used Tripod(because I'm learning watching you all pictures)?
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday tomorrow,

Hallo Tom,
fascinating capture of splendid fruit bat. The bats are top fovourite for me.
Sorry for delay. I have waited your reply because I cant edit this message. Well, At least twelve Fruit Bats (Pteropodidae) species have been known in Uganda. This is smaller one and I can say easily that this is not Eidolon helvum and Hypsignathus monstrosus or other two Rousettus.
I delete six Epauletted Fruit Bats with longer muzzle and gemeral habitus (appearance). Finally yours may be Micropteropus pusillus or Myonycteris torquata.
I may say more sure after seeing close-up from original RAW and/or additional shots.
Congratulations this wonderful capture. Thanks for sharing this beauty. All the best my friend

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