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Mar 20, 2012 10:19 AM

Bat ID please

I saw this bat flying over a lawn at 10 am yesterday (19th March 2012) at Dawlish Warren, South Devon. When I first saw it out of the corner of my eye I thought it was a  sparrow flying past, but then it did a U turn and I realised it was a bat.

 

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The morning was sunny but not warm and the previous night was cold, quite a few insects were flying, so I think that the bat needed to feed. It was flying quite fast, mainly 3 or 4 metres above the ground, in wide looping turns with occasional flutters, presumably when it caught something. I am only familar with pipistrelle and noctule, and it wasn't really like either of them. Any suggestions welcome.

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    Mar 20, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to gentle lemur)
    Re: Bat ID please

    What an absolutely fabulous spot - and a superb photo given the odds.

     

    For my money this would be a Noctule - but I am always keen to be enlightened.

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