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Fruit Bat Roost at Hala Bala

Merlin and Daniel wrapping it up at Hala Bala
Daniel photographing a fruit bat roost

The time had come to leave the peace and serenity of Hala Bala Wildlife Sanctuary and brave the possibility of insurgent attacks on our way to the Narathiwat Airport. But before leaving this sanctuary, Merlin and Daniel couldn’t pass up the chance to photograph a nearby roost full of Spotted-winged fruit bats (Balionycteris maculata). The bats were in an extra  large, epiphytic fern growing low on a palm trunk.

The Spotted-winged Fruit Bat (Balionycteris maculata)

Two days prior, we had looked up into the roost and seen about a dozen exceptionally cute bats looking down at us, though we weren’t prepared to take pictures. Of course,  when we returned with cameras they all left a split second before a picture could be taken.  We watched the direction they headed and later caught one in a mist net, enabling us at least to get a nice portrait. Merlin and Daniel are still upset about missing the group shot.

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Michael Lazari Karapetian

Michael Lazari Karapetian has over twenty years of investment management experience. He has a degree in business management, is a certified NBA agent, and gained early experience as a money manager for the Bank of America where he established model portfolios for high-net-worth clients. In 2003 he founded Lazari Capital Management, Inc. and Lazari Asset Management, Inc.  He is President and CIO of both and manages over a half a billion in assets. In his personal time he champions philanthropic causes. He serves on the board of Moravian College and has a strong affinity for wildlife, both funding and volunteering on behalf of endangered species.