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Flying Fox

Flying Fox
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Copyright: Riaan Marais (riaanm) (53)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 170 - 500 APO, CF Ultima II 80X
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bats - CHIROPTERA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 14:13
Viewed: 5758
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Straw coloured fruit bat is common in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at dusk they depart in huge flocks from their daytime roosts in search of trees carrying fruit. They are a noisy bunch, the call is a high-pitched screech.

The bats frequented a tree in our garden for a few consecutive nights and I decided to set up the camera on the tripod, with flash, cable release and a big torch. They are predictable in there approach to the tree, they land (fall ;-)) on a branch above the fruit, let go of this perch and fall onto the fruit. I took most of the shots where they were hanging before the drop. I sometimes used the torch to assist with the camera auto focus, but this was seldom neccesary.

I wasn't to sure in which genre to put this photo, mammals or parasites, look carefull for the tick and flea on the bat. I didn't realise how many parasites they were carrying untill I looked at the photo's on the computer.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
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An outstanding shot of this flying fox, Riian.
I have never seen such a close-up with such fantastic details.
The light on it is perfect, and its straw color is beautiful as well as intriguing. I have always thought of them as darker brown.
Your description of your capture was very informative and entertaining. Your knowledge of their flight patterns really allowed you to get a great POV. A wonderful picture that I enjoyed very much. TFS. : )

Es una foto que impresiona al ver ese murcielago. Enhorabuena y saludos,

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