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Old Apr 10, 2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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I've been trying to find a way (without using IR traps !) to photograph bats and I think I may have found a way, these aren't great but I think the potential is there, I just have to find the right combination of lenses, flash and settings !

Not sure what type of bats these are though, Fringed Long-Footed Myotis perhaps ? I've been going through a China bats website trying to find out : http://www.bio.bris.ac.uk/research/b...fimbriatus.htm. And I've no idea what that orange 'ball' in it's mouth is (though it does seem to have 'veins') ! A few had them and others just teeth (see the 2nd shot).



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Old Apr 10, 2012, 1:06 PM   #2
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I'm impressed. Without specialized equipment I can't imagine taking pictures of these fast flying mammals. For a first attempt I think you've done well.
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G'day ff

have to agree with les ^
all my attempts at bats were miserable failures :-(

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That you got anything is a win. Please tell us how you are shooting these animals. I believe the "orange ball" is the bat's nose.
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Have never had any success with Bats In Flight photos, would love to know your method/technique. Will agree with PB, that looks like his/her snout...
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Thank you Les, Phil, PB and Mole !

Nose/Ball. I'm not convinced guys. Only a few of the bats had them and there is nothing like that in any of the probably 50 bat IDs I checked on-line. It's weird. Could be a deformity and I was seeing the same bat over and over (it was dark and these critters are like Ferraris on speed !) or maybe it's related to the breeding season ? Yours Sincerely, Flummoxed from Bolton.

Technique (needs refining) !!

Tried a number of lenses but the best one was taken with the Sigma 50-150 at around 100mm. The key here though was the Better Beamer snoot I was using. Now when I had the bats in range the snoot would light them up perfectly (this seemed to attract even more bats and they became even more frenetic) !

There was a huge amount of trial and error and I kept just two shots out of more than a 100 so (but that's two more than my attempts last year, so this year's first attempt is a big step forward for me) it's frustrating work as bats are incredibly fast and agile flyers. I'll have another go on the next fine night.
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I've never tried to photograph a bat in flight. These look remarkably good.
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Very clever technique - hope you get more "keepers" as you perfect it. Thanks for sharing!
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Man that's awesome, I am seriously impressed!
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Terrific attempt, look forward to more.

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