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Brown Long-eared Bat

Observed: 31st May 2013 By: R3beccafR3beccaf’s reputation in Mammals
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bat flying towards camera
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Description:

We were very surprised when, in the middle of a hot and sunny afternoon, this bat came swooping out of the trees towards us as we stood by a freshwater pond full of tadpoles.
These are screengrabs from a hastily taken video, so not very good quality.
The bat flew very near us, swooped down and touched the water a couple of times (you can see the ripples in one picture). It circled the pond a few times, then flew back into the mature deciduous trees in the park.
I think it may have been a Daubenton's bat because it was feeding on freshwater.

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Comments

DebbieA's picture

unusual sighting

This is a relatively unusual sighting in the middle of the day. I can only think it was distrubed in its roost so had to make a quick exit and then feed before heading for a safe place to rest. I'm not confident identifying bats in flight from photos, but would like you suspect Daubenton's based upon their behaviour near freshwater.

Debbie Alston

the naturalist man's picture

Bats

I'm not going to suggest the species because I think this is an easy one - don't be fooled by the behaviour, actually lots of bats will feed close to water and even cross water feeding as they go; only Daubenton's, however will systematically fly up and down hawking over water.

Look very closely at the original photo by clicking on it. Look at the head and the unusual blur above the head, especially in the second (right hand) picture. If you agree with me this is an even more surprising sighting.

Graham Banwell

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DebbieA's picture

Brown long-eared bat

Arhah, I didn't look closely enough on the original photos! If those are ears then it must be the brown long-eared bat! I've added a revised identification

Debbie Alston

the naturalist man's picture

Brown long-eared bat

The bulky body and large wing surface area also suggest long-eared.

It just goes to show how dangerous it is to make snap decisions over photos; I've made a couple of clangers recently and I'm trying to pay closer attention!

Graham Banwell

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colhig17's picture

Thirsty bat

If this was taken on a hot day, it suggests to me that the bat was taking a drink from the water and was thirsty enough to risk predation. Really good to catch this behaviour as well as you have done.

Colin

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