I was down at the local pond to grab some sunset shots and also to take some photos of the stars. The sunset wasn’t the best as the clouds rolled in and hid any colour. But there was a nice reflection in the still water of the pond. So I set up and started snapping. As I was looking through the viewfinder, I could hear a faint clicking but I didn’t really register it.
After grabbing some pictures, I looked up to be buzzed by a bat. I could barely make it out against the dark sky but as my eyes adjusted from the bright camera screen to the night, I started seeing more and more. And the noises I was hearing were the clicking of the bat’s sonar and the flapping of their wings. They were darting about feeding on the insects flying above the pond.
I set up the built in flash (all I had) and guessed the focus and exposure. Every time a bat came within what i thought was the angle of view of the lens, I fired the shutter. Flashes lit up the night sky. I was careful not to fire while cars were passing as the road was close and I didn’t want to distract drivers. After half an hour I had about 30 photos.
I walked back to the car and took some photos of the night sky but I was still thinking about the bats and I didn’t stay long.