Well its that time again where I'm hopped up on coffee and pulling an all nighter for midterms and finding ways to distract myself.
I noticed several bat photos in the lifer thread, and that got me thinking about starting a thread specifically for these winged mice. I also looked and saw a few (very cool) threads about bats but lets see if we can get some more photos all together here. I didn't use to care about bats at all but a few years ago I finally got a good look at some and now I'm fascinated. Lets see how many bat photos and species we can rack up here between us. The divergent development of all the different facial structures is just amazing to me, as is the fact that there are bats adapted to feed on virtually anything from fish, to birds, frogs, nectar, etc... And I can't think of another order of mammal besides Chiropterans (bats) that can have so many species coexisting in a small area.
Lets see some bats from around the globe!
Also if anyone wants to throw out some photography advice on taking photos of these guys, its more than welcome.
And yes I am definitely using this as an excuse to show off and share some of my bat photos, but I want to see all yours too! Also I am hoping this will function as a double check on several of my IDs which i'm not certain about so if someone sees a case of mistaken identity, please let me know! I'm especially unsure about all the Artibeus.
Tent-Roosting Bat (Artibeus watsoni)--Costa Rica
Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus jamaicensis)--Yucatan, Mexico
Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat (Artibeus jamaicensis)--Dominican Republic
Mexican Funnel Eared Bat (Natalus stramineus)--Yucatan, Mexico
Lesser Doglike Bat (Peropteryx macrotis)--Yucatan, Mexico
Greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata)--Panama
White-throated Round-eared Bat (Lophostoma silvicolum)--Panama
And saving my favorite for last!
Spix's Disk-winged Bats (Thyroptera tricolor)--Costa Rica
And I guess to end it with here is a photo of me with some sort of mastiff bat (Molossus sp.) that we accidentally mistnetted one night because we were a bit too slow taking the nets down. Unfortunately no close ups of the actual bat, it was too stressed from being netted and I didn't want to shoot a flash off at it for photos.
If anyone wants more info on any of the bats whether it be species info, my experience, whatever... feel free to ask. Or alternatively some additional info is provided for each of the photos on my flickr page...Heres a link to my mammal set http://www.flickr.com/photos/26500525@N ... 237688657/
Looking forward to seeing all the photos you guys have stashed away.