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Albino bat photo

16/01/2012 23:36:34

Albino bat in flight. Photo credit Doug Mackenzie Dodds

White bat photographed by Doug Mackenzie Dodds
January 2012. We've had a white bat visiting our neighbours' garden for 3 years now. It always appears late in the year (August); It never stays long - maybe a week or two, for ten minutes each night; Its been here for three years.

This is the best shot I've managed of it in three attempts over three years!

NB. For those of you of a technical photographic persuasion, I do realise this photo would hardly win any prizes for technical excellence - but this one's ALL about the subject - I've never seen a white bat anywhere else - and I doubt if I ever will again!
Everything on the camera was set to manual:
  • Focus manual (Your camera may focus in the dark - but mine doesn't! I set it to about 3.3m ish and it turned out that this was about right!)
  • Aperture manual.
  • Exposure length - manual - set to 1/250 sec (minimum with flash).
  • ISO equivalent - manual.
  • Flash - manual (set to -1 to avoid burning out the white batty fur).
The hardest thing I've ever taken a photo of and I'm very pleased with the result.
To see more of Doug's photos - click here. 
In albinism the eyes are usually pink or red, and albinism affects the entire animal, not just patches. Other conditions such as leucism can effect just parts of the animal, though many people confuse leucistic animals and birds with albinos. Click here to see our gallery of albino and leucistic animals and birds.   

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