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That is an amazing photo!!! :)
That is a lovely photo.
About 30 attempts as it flew back and forth on that night, just one lucky snap
Could this be a lesser horseshoe bat? It seemed to be when I used the virtual key: http://www.bio.bris.ac.uk/research/bats/britishbats/ but then again at first glance it also looked like a Natterer's bat or a Serotine on this website: http://www.bio.bris.ac.uk/research/bats/britishbats/
Either way it's a great shot; it derserves to be said again!
Thanks for comments, would like to know what sort of bat it is, hoped some one on here might be a bit of an expert and just let me know.
I will try and get some more shots if it warms up next week might see a few more.
Its not a horseshoe bat as it doesn't have the leafy nose. It has a pointed tragus (the bit that sticks out inside the ear) which means its one of the myotis bats (natterers, whiskered, brandts, daubentons, alcathoe, or bechsteins) Its not a bechstein or a natterers because the ears aren't right (they tend to have bigger-looking, paler ears). It COULD be a daubentons, but the feet look a bit small.
So that leaves the whiskered/brandts/alcathoe group, which aren't really separable from a photo unfortunately as they are very closely related. (need a bat detector and/or a look at the teeth)..
A fantastic shot by the way!
I will try hopefully, with luck get some more shots this coming week. The habitat that they are in is near a lake, in some woods and they are roosting within an old stone built building, if it helps.
Both the roost type and habitat you described are consistent with whiskered/brandts bat.
The BCT has some great fact sheets here:
Unfortunately they can't really be separated unless they are in the hand, and even then its difficult. Most ecologists would record it as "Whiskered/Brandts" if they saw the species in flight.
Your local bat group (http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/local_bat_groups.html) may have bat detectors to loan out - or may even be interested in coming out to do a walk / survey.
Good luck with it!
I would also say that whiskered, Brandt's or Alcathoe is most likely (all very similar species)
Natterer's bat would have more pointed ears
Daubenton's bat would have bigger, hairy, feet.
Great photo too!
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Hachidori has given an excellent analysis of this bat. I agree with all they say.
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