Two Bats

I think.:)
The gamecam while it takes photos at night with no additional light the shutter says open a bit to long for the quickness of bats.

Sometimes you get photos like this, where you can easily tell the object is a bat.

Sometimes you get photos like this, where you have to wonder…. what is that?

The bat activity has increased in the last day. The first bat in the evening is captured on camera at just a few minutes before 10 p.m. They continue to feed off and on until at least 2 a.m. On the evening of the 10th the camera was full by 1 a.m. I have the gamecam set to take a serious of 3 photos at movement, with a rest of 10 seconds. I may switch it to 2 photos or increase the time between it turning on so that it does not fill up before dawn. You have to keep in mind the sensitivity is set at the highest to capture the bats, this means the feeder blowing in the wind will also set off the gamecam.

The bats in the photos are most likely Lesser long-nosed bat Phyllostomidae (Leptonycteris curasoae yerbabuenae)
They feed on night blooming and fruiting plants such as agave and saguaro cactus. Nectar feeding bats are excellent long-distance fliers who migrate long distances to follow the blooming seasons of their favored plants like the agave plant and the saguaro cactus which depend upon bats for pollination. Late in the summer and early in the fall in southeastern Arizona hummingbird feeders may be visited during the night by nectar-drinking bats that cross over into the U.S. from Mexico.

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More of my bat posts can be found in the bat category drop down menu.

~ by Meg on August 12, 2011.

2 Responses to “Two Bats”

  1. WOW….I love them!

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