As I posted here on April 15 2020 , we had a bat lodging in our garden parasol. Much as I was enjoying sharing the garden with wildlife, I did feel my need of the parasol was greater than his.
We did try to take a photograph of him leaving in the evening. It was at this moment in the darkness we realized that it was not only difficult to see in the dark but impossible to focus a camera (live and learn :)).
We were able to take an improved photograph of him by flash. Not great, I did say improved.
Here the photograph is turned upside down to help with identification because I do not think it is small enough to be a pipistrelle.
I think it is a Myotis species, one of the mouse-eared bats. It has little bumps on its nose.
I found this site helpful https://nottsbatgroup.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Identification_of_British_Bats.pdf but I wonder if anyone out there has any ideas?
This is the best I can do to help Dromfit with an ID.
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Yes… I have an idea [having looked it up in Dietz & Kiefer’s “Bats of Britain and Europe”…. it is wrong facially for a mouse-eared bat… as are the ears… but I think you have a Serotine [BL = 58 to 80mm] facially it is a perfect match for one of the pictures.
If it didn’t fit that size bracket, then one of the large Pipistrelles…. possibly Nathusius’s…. A close-up of the head [ot an enlargement, would help… especially the tragus [the bit that sticks up at the front of the ear and concentrates their reception of the sound.
I added a closer photograph but sorry that is the best quality I can do. It has little bumps on its muzzle, too. Amelia
I can see the tragus now… I’ll open it up on my bigger machine… thanks.
Amelia, problem….. I opened it up on my big monitor and it remains the same size as the original… but without the clutter.
And, essentially the same size [5cm square] as on this one, only very, very slightly larger [5.3cm]
I really need an image that is much larger [10cm minimum]… this one is still way too small to view the tragus clearly…. sorry.
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I do not have a good telephoto lens and I am afraid that is the best angle I have got for the tragus. It is too difficult for anyone but the experts to hazard a guess even. You have to take into account the sub-species, regional variations, sex and maturity of the bat. I think we will just have to be contented with the fact that he was very cute. Thank you for trying. I have been doing similar my side :).
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