pattern [210/365]

by Sherry Hill July. 29, 2019 290 views

flight patterns of bats

[bat at dusk]

[bat at dusk]

last night as i was putting the hens to bed, the bats were waking up.. i grabbed my camera and tried to photograph them.. in the dusky graininess of twilight, i tried to quickly dial in the right camera settings.. which to be honest, i didn't have the time to figure it out.. luckily enough, the bats follow a pattern.. so after watching them for a moment, i could aim my camera at a followed path and they would swoop right in to my view finder.. getting my camera to focus in such dim light was tricky.. but it was fun trying..

[bat flight patterns]

[bat flight patterns]

this morning i woke up at 5a.. my Ava kitty was sitting on the nightstand beside me making her chatter noises.. i looked out the window and couldn't believe how many bats i saw.. there was a swarm of them.. i didn't realize they feed in a bit of a frenzy before they roost for the day.. i'd thought of grabbing my camera, but i decided to just be in the moment and enjoy the nature channel out my window.. by 5.30a they had cleared the sky and gone back to where ever they hunker down for the day.. then i rolled out of bed..

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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm a hugh fan of bats. Around the house I'm living are also some. I like to watch them at dusk. I never tried to shoot them, they are damn fast. You managed it very good in #3.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 2 months ago

Love your take on patterns and the deep blue colors are so beautiful with the silhouettes! The last time I was really attentive about watching a bat flying, it was during the day and I think something had startled it - it was moving so erratically, even for a bat. It just kept flapping around the same few spots over and over again. And it turned out that I wasn't the only one watching it. A red shouldered hawk saw it too and a few minutes later snagged it right out of the sky in front of me. Will never forget that!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

Bats are rather mezmerizing to me. I love watching them fly through the night skys.

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David Swatton 1 year, 2 months ago

Now that's a tricky photo exercise....

I remember years ago on a visit to the Seychelles watching the giant fruit bats appear overhead at dusk. They were about the size of a buzzard - enormous things!

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

What an exciting time that must have been! 
Glad you could snag a few shots to share, with your always entertaining commentary!

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