Smile for the Camera

This is "Tough Guy", and I think he's a big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, based on what I can see of his dentition, the shape of his tragus, and from what I've gathered from the other bats I've caught in the building. I forget what number Tough Guy is this season, I lose track of these things. But anyway, he's a male as far as I can tell, which is rare compared to females. For those that don't know, I do bat rescue in the dormitories here. He's really quite nice, but likes to put on his tough guy display now and then, hence his name. It's not so much a display of ferocity as it is a desperate act of a tiny creature to scare off the much larger and potentially dangerous human; me.

 

This is another photo of the same bat, "Tough Guy":

 

My ID is based on the collective information I've gathered from all the photos of bats I've caught in the building, however, the possibility may exist that there is more than one species of bat roosting in the building. Another possible candidate is the evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis, and the little brown myotis, Myotis lucifugus. Here are photos of other bats I've caught in the same building:

 

"Sweetie":

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/766649400/

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/852112174/

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/619704352/

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/624008607/

 

"Bird Bat":

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/569023964/

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/564616300/

 

"Christmas Bat":

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/497601101/

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/497565825/

 

"Baby Bat":

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/603093359/

www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/642370378/

 

Or just see all of them here:

www.flickr.com/search/?w=98528214@N00&q=eptesicus&amp...

 

Along with the above photos, I've been using the following links to attempt a positive identification of all the bats I've caught in the building, as well as the corresponding Google, Wikipedia, and EOL.org pages to each species I look into:

www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/bats/nhpbatf...

www.hastingsreserve.org/mammals/Bats/ToothGap.html#Top

content62.eol.org/content/2012/05/08/07/86468_orig.jpg

 

I'll let him go once it's dark out. Ugh, I wish I had a place with better lighting for photography though. Also, should I crop this photo?

 

If you'd like to use this photo for anything, at least let me know about it, please.

 

#457 in Explore, 30 June 2007

 

This photo was also featured in Daily Flickr:

www.moisesdaniel.net/dailyflickr/servlet/FrontController?...

  • mpudi97 5y

    Did anybody already say ? Don`t crop. His left ear is too nice ;-)

    Great picture !
  • Missie 5y

    awesome picture. I love bats and it is cool you rescue them and let them go. I have done that a few times myself. And this picture should be framed and hanging somewhere!! It is my new favorite!!
  • Elaine Avery 5y

    thanks for being Creative Commons. I am using this image on my facebook as illustration for my bat story. I have a bat trapped in my basement that I need to evict.
  • PsycadelicOwl 5y

    He's kinda cute :) but I think I'll keep my fingers far away from him.
  • kevinraggio.com 5y

    excellent capture of emotion and lighting here! pure excellence.
  • Brenda Clarke 5y

    You got to love that smile! :)

    Fab photo!

    --
    Found in a search. (?)
  • Caroline 5y

    What an amazing image....and it sound like you do great work too... Bravo on both counts!
  • KrisssKristin 4y

    Wow, this is amazing! Really great photo!
    Thanks for sharing!
  • John Reason 4y

    I would like to let you know that I have used this picture for an article on Real Vampire News. It sure is an awesome photo. www.realvampirenews.com/2011/08/the-art-of-fangsmithing-v...
  • jennysquib1 3y

    That's a fabulous pic. What courage these wee creatures have! Were I to encounter a beast as big to me as you are to him - i'd die of fright!!!
  • Mike Beauregard 3y

    red riding hood's wolfie is
    w-a-a-a-a-a-aaaay
    outclassed :)

    super shooting
  • syntithesis 3y

    Check out that smile!

    I would love to get into bat rehabilitation some day. Good work!
  • Sam Freney 3y

    Neat shot. Used as a header image for an article on fear, for a couple of months from May 28 2012. matthiasmedia.com/briefing
  • Matt Reinbold 3y

    This is "Tough Guy", and I think he's a big brown bat, Eptesicus fuscus, based on what I can see of his dentition, the shape of his tragus, and from what I've gathered from the other bats I've caught in the building. I forget what number Tough Guy is this season, I lose track of these things. But anyway, he's a male as far as I can tell, which is rare compared to females. For those that don't know, I do bat rescue in the dormitories here. He's really quite nice, but likes to put on his tough guy display now and then, hence his name. It's not so much a display of ferocity as it is a desperate act of a tiny creature to scare off the much larger and potentially dangerous human; me.

    This is another photo of the same bat, "Tough Guy":
    Not So Scary

    My ID is based on the collective information I've gathered from all the photos of bats I've caught in the building, however, the possibility may exist that there is more than one species of bat roosting in the building. Another possible candidate is the evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis, and the little brown myotis, Myotis lucifugus. Here are photos of other bats I've caught in the same building:

    "Sweetie":
    Countertop Bat Little Pink Tongue Thirsty Beautiful Beady Eyes

    "Bird Bat":
    Big Brown Bat Quarry

    "Christmas Bat":
    Doin' What I Do Christmas Bat

    "Baby Bat":
    Bilateral Symmetry These Wings Beat No More

    Along with the above photos, I've been using the following links to attempt a positive identification of all the bats I've caught in the building, as well as the corresponding Google, Wikipedia, and EOL.org pages to each species I look into:
    www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Plants_Wildlife/bats/nhpbatf...
    www.hastingsreserve.org/mammals/Bats/ToothGap.html#Top
    content62.eol.org/content/2012/05/08/07/86468_orig.jpg

    I'll let him go once it's dark out. Ugh, I wish I had a place with better lighting for photography though. Also, should I crop this photo?

    If you'd like to use this photo for anything, at least let me know about it, please.

    #457 in Explore, 30 June 2007

    This photo was also featured in Daily Flickr:
    www.moisesdaniel.net/dailyflickr/servlet/FrontController?...
  • thewritingreader 3y

    Thanks for sharing via Creative Commons. I've used this on my blog today at www.thewritingreader.com/blog/2012/08/31/prompt-406-word-...
  • Aisling :) Withtwoworkingpawsalaseyeballsregressed 3y

    excellent!
  • ilieattruthordare 3y

    I used this picture in the last few seconds of the stop-motion video here:

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/1431077765/apocalypse-now-po...

    Thanks so much for making this wonderful photo available!
  • QuHarrison Terry 2y

    Thanks for the image I used it for my blog... quharrison.com/bats-love-nachos/
  • slinger311 2y

    That is really cool! I've been hoping to find someone that does bat removal in Monroe, GA. I'd love to see one for real.
  • SBSmags 2y

    Great Shot! He looks much "tougher" in the first photo than the one where you are holding him. I used your photo in a bat article on my website: “Make Your Garden Batty”. Photo credit and link back to your flickr profile at bottom of article.
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