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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 100, UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Krugerpark feb/mar 2007
Theme(s): Kruger National Park 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-09 3:53
Viewed: 4239
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Familiair to all the persons who have visited the Skukuza restcamp in the krugerpark,they hang in large amounts on the straws of the roof over the restcamps terasses,when photographing you have to be carefull though sometimes you see them turn around to do their daily habits (unfortunatly I was not fast enough to capture this habit),when we had our evening meal at the terras they started to become active and we had some flyby's of these bats,I must say I was impressed of their wingspan as when you see them hanging on the roof they seem so small,in other restcamps like Letaba and Berg en Dal,I saw that Bat houses (like bird houses) were constructed to house this mammals.

Picture taken handheld,cropped,resized and sharpened before upload

Hope you like it and TFW

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Interseting motive Paul.
Pretty shot. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-09 4:30]

Hi Paul,
Excellent closeup of this amazing animal showing great details, thanks for sharing.

amazing creature, TFS Ori

Hi Paul,
Very nice and amazing close-up this animal. I've never seen before a bat in its natural habitat place during have rest. Thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-09 5:27]

Hello Paul,
Wonderful capture.Before i'd opened the thumbnail,i thought it was a dry leaf:)Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-09 5:43]

Amazing colours and details -- well-done flash (not too much)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-09 7:13]
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Hello Paul,
Very nice portrait of a Fruit-bat: did you get to know what species?
This is sharp, tightly cropped and well presented with good lighting.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Uncommon catch of this animal. I like the eyes. Impressive shot Paul.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-09 10:07]

Hello Paul
Excellent capture this!!
A wonderful close-up with excellent sharpness, DOF, color and composition.
Very good note too.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-10 0:39]

Hello Paul,
What fantastic details on this bat.
Quite a close-up, I must say.
The fill flash really lit him up well.
Fascinating animal.
TFS. : )

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-03-10 3:07]

Hello Paul,

What a splendid macro shot of this wonderful bat, (batman) we see splendid the eyes and the ears, very well done!

Have a nice weekend,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-12 7:31]

Hi Paul,
So sharp and fully detailed compliments.

  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-20 3:36]
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Hi Paul

An excellent capture of this specimen, probably Peter's epauletted fruit bat - Epomophorus crypturus . This is one of the four flying foxes found in the southern African region although only two of these are found in the Kruger Park. The telltale white tufts of hair at the base of the ears are clearly visible.

You must have taken this photo under the thatched roof shelter outside the shopping/restaurant/cafeteria complex in Skukuza. Straight away my thoughts were transported to this spot while my mind is scheming (frantically) to calculate and plan for my next trip to the Kruger Park. Just a couple of months ago, my wife and I were sitting under this very same shelter and watched as hundreds (probably thousands) of these bats dispersed for their nightly foraging for food. It sure was something that left a lasting imprint on my memories of this wonderful place.

This close-up (zoom) show the bat in spectacular details and the tight crop worked very well to focus attention on the bat. The colours are great, the OOF reeds in the BG worked well to enhance the animal, and the exposure with the fill-in flash was absolutely spot-on.

Very well done and TFS.

PS. I had a good look at your Kruger "Travelogue". This is not good for me because I just want to pack my bags and set off towards the north. Great stuff my friend. You managed to pour fuel on the fire burning inside me to revisit Kruger later this year. Miss Piggy will just have to forget about her plans to visit the Cape Province for at least another year. Majority rule dictates that I win because I am twice her size (chuckle).

Comme elle est belle cette chauve-souris, netteté composition extra.

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