BAT IN FLIGHT WITH PREY IN MOUTH.
I DO NOT KNOW THE SPECIES
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Well done to get a bat photo. Difficult to tell from the detail but from the colouring and shape and placement of ears, I'd say it's most likely to be a Natterer's Bat (Myotis nattereri). Did you observe the flight pattern?
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Good work to get an in flight bat picture! How did you do it?
From the proportions and the colouring of the facial area I would think it's a pipistrelle. If it was seen around dusk, this is also quite likely, the Myotis bats tend to come out later. Pipistrelles are small and fly with a fluttery style, this might give you some more to go on.
Common pipistrelles tend to have darker faces than soprano pips or Nathusius' pips but it's impossible to be sure without a bat detector record.
Bat ID in flight is very difficult, fantastic photo.
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Thanks for all your comments.Bats flight pattern was very regular on a narrow road under some trees .I noticed a large swam of flies under one tree in particular,. and waited,it usually came aroud me as I stood and I fired of a few photos as I expected it to approach. This was the best of 3 that I got.
Both Natterer's and Pipistrelles could have this flight pattern (head height along habitat edges). Pips much more erratic, Natterer's more agile.
It is probably imposible to say which species this is. The pale fur could be a consequence of the camara flash or it could be a Naterer's bat. It could also be a noctule, the wings look long and narrow, however this could just be a consequence of the camera angle.
I'm confident it is not a pipistrelle bat - the body is too plump, the flight pattern described is too direct, the wings are set too far back and the angle between the body-wing-first joint of the wing is not acute enough.
I can also rule out horseshoe and long eared bats for obvious reasons. I'll pass the photo on to a bat expert and see what they say.
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I've just noticed you are in Ireland, this means we can, realistically, only consider pipistrelle or Natterer's bat. My vote would go for Natterer's bat but I'll get a second opinion.
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