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Bats emerging from buildings.

Faster speeds and higher ISOs are required here – but still no flash - imagine the effect it would have on you if you jumped out of a dark cave into an explosion of light! Photography can often prove the existence of an important roost or the success of a mitigation project. It can also be an accurate way of doing a hibernation roost count. Take care never to endanger the bats by revealing details of a location that is unknown to the general public and therefore undisturbed.

See Erik Korsten’s video of Common Pipistrelle bats emerging from a bat box he designed for the TWM  building in Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Lastly, you have to predict where your subject is going to be—expect the unexpected!

© Beatrice Dopita