Bat!

Cool thing: there’s been a bat zipping round outside our house tonight. There was one lived locally last year and it looks like it (or some descendant) is back. I grabbed my camera and with the aid of my wonderfully-powerful Canon Speedlite 580EX decided to go outside and light up the neighbourhood for a bit.

Now bats flit around in unpredictable patterns at a phenomenal rate, so bearing in mind I was simply hand-holding the camera, with manual metering and manual flash exposure and operating the shutter myself, I was quite pleased to capture it at all. Best I managed was the following image:

Bat

Certainly recognisable as a bat, if not exactly Wildlife on One quality. The photo above is heavily cropped: the original looked like this:

Little bat