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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/5.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Endangered, Caves and cave life., Mammals of Europe, Bats - Chiroptera, Bats (Chiroptera) of Poland, Bats (Chiroptera) of Europe, Bats (Chiroptera) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-12 4:50
Viewed: 5872
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I started to look at the pictures on TN I found that there are only a few photos of bats. So, this time something for someone who likes these interesting but still poorly known creatures.

This is a rare species in Central Poland - Myotis brandtii (in English: the Brandt's Bat). The photo was taken in in Szachownica Cave, in "Szachownica" Nature Reserve (Zalecze Landscape Park, Central Poland).

Bats use caves for wintering but the traditional opinion that they are slepping all the winter is not true. Recent field studies clearly shown that many species wake up and are flying during this perion. It is not clear why do they do it. One hypothesis is that they try to eat something (there are really "a lot" of insects active during winter!!!), other that they try to find better place for a dream.

All Polish species of Chiroptera are protected by the law. The some situation is in almost all European countries. Because of the rarity many of bats are placed in the Red Data Lists or Red Data Books of Threatened Animals. The reason why they are protected is very simple: they eat so many insects that are real "confederates" of human.

Central European species are predators collecting different species of insects. Usually they catch flying prey like moths, flies, ect. The exception is a Mouse eared-bat (Myotis myotis), a bat species eating mainly epigeic invertebrates (Carabus species and spiders!).

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
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Czesc Radomir!

Pewnie, nietoperze nie sa zbyt popularne na TN. Podejrzewam, ze po pierwsze ciezko je sfotografowac, a po drugie ludzie sie ich boja ;-) Ty wykazales sie jednak przykladna odwaga i wyszlo z tego bardzo ladne zdjecie tego sympatycznego zwierza. Podoba mi sie ogolna kompozycja ze skalami wokol nietoperza - jakos tak udalo ci sie oddac atmosfere glebokiej jaskini, ze prawie slychac echo.

Cześć Radek
Witaj na TN. Coraz więcej "Pomorszczan" umieszcza tu swoje zdjęcia ;)
Fajna fotka tego niezbyt lubianego zwierzaka.

Welcome to TN
Very nice image of interesting and rare animal.
Good sharpness and composition.

Zimujacy, oszroniony... ladna kompozycja i dobra DOF. Malo nietoperzy na TN, a zwlaszcza zimujacych w jaskini, wiec tym ciekawiej.

A nice capture! Well done Radomir. Thanks.

merhaba Radomir,
netlik harika.

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