Bedfordshire Bat Group Photo gallery.

Created February 2011

Now I have got the basic website up and running, I will  gradually be be moving some of the  photo galleries onto wordpress . Eventually I will embed galleries on the relevant pages where they exist.

Painted bat 1.jpg
Painted bat 1.jpg
One of the thai villagers watches us arrive
Painted bat 02.jpg
Painted bat 02.jpg
We were driven out to the plantations in this amazing tractor
Painted bat 4.jpg
Painted bat 4.jpg
Painted bat 3.jpg
Painted bat 3.jpg
Painted bat 6.jpg
Painted bat 6.jpg
A painted bat in a curled up banana leaf
Painted bat 9.jpg
Painted bat 9.jpg
Painted bat 08.jpg
Painted bat 08.jpg
Painted bat 17.jpg
Painted bat 17.jpg
The colour of this bat in the breeding season is heartstoppingly bright
Painted bat (9).jpg
Painted bat (9).jpg
Painted bat (8).jpg
Painted bat (8).jpg
Painted bat 16.jpg
Painted bat 16.jpg
The patterning on a painted bat's wing is amazing
Painted bat 14.jpg
Painted bat 14.jpg
Painted bat 13.jpg
Painted bat 13.jpg
Painted bat 12.jpg
Painted bat 12.jpg
Meeting this bat close up was a real "peak experience" for all of us
Painted bat 11.jpg
Painted bat 11.jpg
Up close and personal.
painted-bat-26.jpg
painted-bat-26.jpg
These children were fantastic. One of them could imitate a cane rat and lure them out of the sugar plantations , so they could be killed for food.
painted bat 24.jpg
painted bat 24.jpg
It's hard work in the back of beyond. This fabulous lunch was prepared by the villagers . At the end of the day we had another feast prepared for us. a fabulous end to an amazing day.
painted bat 25.jpg
painted bat 25.jpg
Surrounded! The intrepid team close in on a pair of painted bats under a banana leaf.
Painted bat 18.jpg
Painted bat 18.jpg
Painted bat 19.jpg
Painted bat 19.jpg
Painted bat 20.jpg
Painted bat 20.jpg
Whenb these bats fly in the day time they have a fluttering flight. When I saw my first painted bat in glight I thought it was a butterfly. At night they flly in tyical bat fashion. It is thought that the fluttering flight is to confuse predators.
Painted bat 7.jpg
Painted bat 7.jpg
Painted bats are unusual in that the males and females pair for several years and roost together
Painted bat 5.jpg
Painted bat 5.jpg
Two painted bat sits under a banana leaf. When we released the first of the pair it hung around and waited for its mate to be released. They then flew off together
Painted bat 22.jpg
Painted bat 22.jpg
Painted bat (6).jpg
Painted bat (6).jpg
Painted bat 24.jpg
Painted bat 24.jpg
Painted bat (7).jpg
Painted bat (7).jpg
painted bat  (2).jpg
painted bat (2).jpg
The naughty bits of a painted bats
painted bat  (1).jpg
painted bat (1).jpg
painted bat 27.jpg
painted bat 27.jpg
The farmers in this village kept silk worms and after a day in the field, showed their weaving to us. We all bought swatches of cloth from them. The hard thing was deciding which one to buy.

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