Portraits: Bats of Bulgaria

Merlin Tuttle and Antonia Hubancheva set the Tuttle trap in front of the cave
Setting the bat trap outside the entrance to the cave

Our first night in the field we set a bat trap in the entrance of Orlova Chuka Cave where we caught six species of bats, four of which we were able to photograph. The others were nursing mothers we had to release. We haven’t been able to capture more bats for the last three days due to unseasonably cold, rainy weather.

Myotis myotis (Greater mouse-eared bat)
Greater Mouse-eared Bat (Myotis myotis)
Myotis capaccinii (Long-fingered Bat)
Long-fingered Bat (Myotis capaccinii)
Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat (R. euryale)
Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus euryale)
Rhinolophus mehelyi (Mehely's Horseshoe Bat)
Mehelyis Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus mehelyi)

Several of these bats will now be kept in captivity for several days, during which time we hope to train them for photographs of catching insects.  Antonia Hubancheva is training the Myotis and Daniela Schmeider is training the Rhinolophus. The next post will probably be a video of training the bats.

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