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Leaf-nose bat (For Clara & Ahmet)

Leaf-nose bat (For Clara & Ahmet)
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Copyright: Ravi Kailas (rkailas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 2 N: 175] (799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bats - Chiroptera, Bats - CHIROPTERA, Nature's Oddities [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 7:59
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at night, in an abandoned room (by people!) filled to the brim with these bats, in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve - a biodiversity treasure in the mountains of south India. I can guess that it is a species of leaf-nosed bat, but I dont know the species. Ahmet, other TNers over to you!

There is very little comprehensive information on the internet about this group as such (from my limited search). As far as I know, they have some specialised, leaf-like structure around their nostrils that enhances echolocation. They are typically insectivorous.

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Hi Ravi,
What a lovely pose of this flying mammal:) Its earlaps using in ecolocalization and hearing the ultravoices are wonderful my friend! Amazing capture with excelent details, saharpnes and lighting. Superb composition too.
TFS and Regards,

Hello my friend Ravi,
This is a very fine close up to capture this awesome bat!
Excellent sharpness in the shot with real colouration and details
many thanks for sharing this species
best regards to you and family

Hey Ravi!
Awesome shot of this creature!
I love the sharpness and the details

  • bahadir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 659 W: 0 N: 147] (723)
  • [2008-03-10 19:55]

Hi Ravi
Perfect capture of this wonderful bat. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

Hi Ravi,
Great shot with amazing details on this one. Some noise in the photo and there is an edge of a rock on the top most part of the photo that is shining out a little and is distracting.
I have done a workshop and tried to fix the noise and that edge on the top. See if that's how you would prefer it to be or not.

Overall I liked the detailing of the face where you can see the very prominent nose and ears. A very unusual bat!



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-24 3:03]

hello Ravi
important and successful document of this rare mammal
i like composition, POV, its pose, lighting and details

Hello Ravi,
many thanks for this excellent dedication, this is one of the best gift for me. Perfect details, great POV and composition. Eyes contact and coloriton also great. This is a member of the family Hipposideridae - Old World leaf-nosed bat. Formerly this family was regarded as a subfamily of Rhinolophidae. This bat belongs to the genus Hipposideros. But I am not sure its species, without investigation in details. There are 12 Hipposideros species in India, maybe more. Your (Oriental region) fauna elements very different from those in Palaearctic (North Africa and Eurasia except for SE Asia)Region. Yours is relatively close to Africa (Ethiopian Region) fauna. Additionally some species very close each other. I will search my document for its exact species.
Thanks again. best regards from Turkiye

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-18 9:09]

Hi Ravi,
Outstanding shot of this bat with immaculate sharpness and nice colours. Very skillful work done here and I like the pose you have captured it in. Very good use of flash lighting. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Wow, pretty nice shot! I like bats,but they are scary looking and smell bad!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-16 7:07]

Hello Ravi,
I noticed this fine and appropriate tribute to our TN chiropterist, Ahmet.
This is a fine portrait of this species of bat, the head an front part being sharp and seen from an excellent POV in fine lighting.
TFS this interesting image,

Hello Ravi, wonderful shot of this acrobatic animal:) TFS. Regards,

Hi Ravi,
Cool shot of this bat, your flash has revealed excellent details in the face. Very interesting creatures, and not often photographed/seen here on TN.
Well done & have a great weekend!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-19 3:51]

Hello Ravi, wonderful capture. TFS. Regards

Hi Ravi,

Very good macro, wery well composed . God focus and colours. TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-08-25 13:35]

Hi Ravi

The one thing I really love, and would love to get myself, is a bat picture. I love the eye contact and the POV here. Nicely framed and excellent details to. REally nice



Hi Ravi,
This is a stunning capture! I never had the chance to see one during day time... When I was in Mont-Tremblant national Park lately, I witnessed a very impressive moment. At dusk time, thousand of bats came out from the wood and went flying over the lake to capture insects. This was a moment that I have never seen before; they were so many coming from nowhere! This is a nice POV with good details and composition. I also like this DOF which creates a nice effect. I would have removed noise from the background but it is minor nit :) Thanks,

We have bats flying around our house at night and I would love to be able to get a picture of one. I generally think they are cute furry creatures but yours is a little scary looking up close.Thanks for the great photo and info.

Dear Ravi,
Fascinating animal, and I add it to my theme "Nature's Oddities"

In these difficult circumstances you did a great job to present this mammal.
Thanks for sharing,
Nice Sunday,

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