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Small bats. Hundreds of eyes looking at me.
Cave on Mount Elgon.
I spent the last night of my 5 day trek camped in the mouth of Mude Cave. I explored deeper into the cave to find tons of bats on the cave ceiling. When most people see this photo, they think it is the night sky, not bat eyes!
Thanks Afri, I've updated.
I've added this to the mission and removed the second photo. I will make a spotting of that separately. I'm going to leave it as unknown without a more specific ID which will be impossible to get. This one will remain a mystery. Thanks a lot Gilma!
Love that shot. I went in to look because the picture look as if it was just black?!... then... surprise!!!! bat eyes. Thanks for sharing, dandoucette.
AfriBats, Thanks for your comment about white nose syndrome. It's good to hear that it hasn't become a problem in Africa. The impact here in North America is the stuff that scary is made of....
Please consider adding this to the Bats of Africa mission http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/2464...
You might wish to create a new spotting for one of the 2 pictures and add IDs accordingly.
Re white nose syndrome: as far as we know, the disease is currently only hitting North America, and we can only hope it won't hit other continents. Think about chytrid fungus in amphibians!
Thanks for the info AfriBats, I didn't know I had two different species here. Thanks Gordon. I don't know if there are any issues or not. I didn't hear about anything when I was there.
What a great experience! Dan, do you know if there is any issue with white-nosed syndrome in Africa?
The eye shine in the first pic is that of fruit bats - either Rousettus aegyptiacus, Stenonycteris lanosus, or Myonycteris angolensis. The 2nd pic shows a bent-winged bat, genus Miniopterus.
It was awesome Luis.
This must be a great experience being there.
Thanks Achmmad and Christy. Pitch Black is a cool movie.
Wow!! Very impressive! Starry sky indeed!!
Amazing! Night sky with stars ... I just remember about Pitch Black!
Thanks everyone! @BalincaguinConservancy, I'm having a hard time finding those 5! Hahaha!
I wonder how that would have looked like with using a flash - hundreds of red eyes staring at you :) Nice spot, Dan!
Can anyone find the five that are cross-eyed?
Dan thats a loads of pair of eyes, and they are all staring at you!
EEEGAD! That's a LOT of eyes!! Spooky!! *~*
I know, eh?! That's what everybody says!
Seriously, Dan? Eyes?? No way!
Spotted on Dec 16, 2008
Submitted on May 16, 2011
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