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Old Sep 1, 2010, 8:35 PM   #11
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Amazing pics, Lou. As you know, here in New England we have bats with about a 6 or 8 inch wingspan, and they probably don't weigh much more than 10 or 12 grams. These creatures are huge!
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Kevin thanks for your nice comments and for seeing that I had not unlocked my images. I had never seen large bats like this before and I was quite fond of watching them.

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Old Sep 2, 2010, 5:40 AM   #13
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Zuken, GW, Ash, Block and Narcis Oblivion - Thanks for your nice comments, I had a good deal of fun taking these. Looking up at all those bats was risky, but I escaped not having to have myself, my camera or my clothes cleaned.

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Old Sep 2, 2010, 5:47 AM   #14
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Great images Lou...love the "Bats in Flight". Did you take the one in flight during their evening outing or was this during the afternoon.

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Thanks Jehan. These pictures were taken in broad daylight at about 11:00AM.
For the most part the bats were either sleeping or resting. Every now and then one would fly from one roost to another and that was when I got a BIF Photo opportunity.

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Old Sep 2, 2010, 6:11 AM   #15
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Mtnman - Yes huge they were.

As you know our bat population in New England is diminishing rapidly and is in danger of becoming extinct from white nose syndrome. No one knows why this fungal skin infection causes bats to die of starvation. This is a huge problem and appears to be spreading into Virginia and West Virginia. Perhaps Mole can chime in and let us know if it is being seen in TN.

When I went out fishing at night in Maine I used to love to watch the bats emerge at dusk to hunt insects over the lake. Now I don't see them anymore.

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So glad you braved the possibility of guano to get these really fine photos! They are amazing creatures, and you did a great job of photographing them too!

Yes, we do have reports of White Nose Syndrome in Tennessee - in about 5 counties (out of 95) so far. First report was in a cave not far from our park... All caves on public land are now closed to visitors through next June.
Here's a good website about the disease:

http://www.fws.gov/WhiteNoseSYndrome/
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Wow great MIF shots (mammal in flight )

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