Tent-Making Bats

Tent-Making Bats, PanamaI found these tent-making bats roosting under the broad leaves of a palm tree in a parking lot in Panama (albeit, a parking lot to a park). The bats get their name from the tents that they construct out of leaves, which they then roost under during the day in order to stay dry. There were probably forty of these bats in this single tree.
Nikon D810 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/7.1 at 1/125th of a second, two Nikon SB-900 flash units

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  1. Sue April 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    An image that Bela Lugosi would love!

  2. Susan Rubeo April 6, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    You never leave anything unturned to find another interesting photo , seem to be a small type of bat 🦇 but know how to survive

    Aunt Sue

  3. Rachel Bellenoit April 6, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    Wonderful. They have such defined and interesting features.

  4. GH April 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Not the prettiest of beasts, but fascinating.
    I was lucky enough several years ago to be in Zambia for the giant 5 million bat migration.

  5. Peter Butterfield April 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    —– Strange fruit these fronds protect
    —– Shelter sought from sun and rain
    —– Green enfolded Siamese .

  6. Shardae April 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    aaaahhhh cuuuuuute!!!!!! <3

  7. michael huber April 10, 2017 at 12:52 am #

    I thought bats like the rain or any kind of wheather,? )