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Old Sep 26, 2011, 2:33 PM   #1
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Default A cutie (Safe For Work)

Hi all!
I haven't been posting for quite some time, but I'll just skip the excuses and get on with the pictures.

I was rearranging some lumber when this little (yes, they are really small) cutie was disturbed in her beauty sleep.
She was cold and had to pump up her heartbeat before she could fly away, so I had time to go get the camera and take some shots before she left for calmer quarters.

K5 and Pentax M 100mm f4 Macro. The shutter speed was pretty slow (first shot with pop up flash iso200, the others natural light 1/80s iso800 f8) and my position uncomfortable, leaning over a pile of junk. So these are in no way NatGeo pictures, but as one doesn't get to see these very often I thought the images were worth posting anyway.

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Starting to move

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A few seconds before take off

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 9:28 AM   #2
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What a cutie! I'm quite in favor of them outside, just not in the house.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Good one, Kjell!

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Old Sep 27, 2011, 12:01 PM   #4
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Good one.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 2:13 PM   #5
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Lovely Kjell - really like seeing bat shots.
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 6:24 PM   #6
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Bats are always tough to photograph - their fur seems to absorb all the light! I've taken plenty of really bad pictures of them...

But these are great - especially #1 - just right DOF, and great capture of the expressive face!
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 7:56 PM   #7
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Very nice
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 7:58 PM   #8
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Like it, Like it!
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Old Sep 29, 2011, 1:16 PM   #9
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It is a shame bats are so misunderstood by so many. If any bat could be considered cute, it would be a Pipistrelle (or someThing closely related) like this. Nice find.
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Old Sep 29, 2011, 6:09 PM   #10
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No question, this is indeed a real cutie. Pen is right -- bats are terribly misunderstood. A poorly understood disease (white nose syndrome) has devastated the bat population in the area where I live, and experts are working very hard to find a solution to the problem. Unfortunately there is little public support for these efforts, largely because people don't understand bats.
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