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Daubenton's Bat, Insh

Observed: 19th June 2006 By: StuElsomStuElsom’s reputation in MammalsStuElsom’s reputation in Mammals

Catching insects in broad daylight

Species interactions

No interactions present.


JonathanWallace's picture

Not many hours of daylight at

Not many hours of daylight at this latitude in midsummer so feeding during daylight is probably necessary in order to take in sufficient calories.

Jonathan Wallace

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Any bat in the day time is most likely to be a Daubenton's. Does the observer know if we are looking at the upperparts or underparts here?

Bob Ford

Syrphus's picture

My reading of the pic after

My reading of the pic after playing with size, brightness and contrast is that we are seeing the underside. If not, my comment is invalid, obviously.

However, is is not uncommon up here to see Pips and even Brown Long-eared Bats flying in the middle of the day - I have never seen Daub's do that, even though they hunt the pond just across the road every night.



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StuElsom's picture

That bat...

This has got me wondering now. I'm fairly sure it was the underside as it was taken with a 400mm lens from the ground. Thanks for all of your comments, it's been in my notebook as Daubenton's since the day I saw it and I can't remember who confirmed it for me.


Stuart Elsom

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I'm no bat expert, so just agreeing with "a bat (Chiroptera)", but if this was taken anywhere near the hide where the badgers were in the Cairngorms (see another post), we did also see Daubenton's bats not far from there (identified by our guide). But from this picture I think "a bat" is as far as we can go?

Gill Sinclair
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