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The Bat Swarm

Old Tunnel WMA

A tough shot for a camera where there are
restrictions on the use of a strobe or flash.

When the bats come out they fly up from below
in a counter-clockwise funnel like pattern.

The fluttering sound they make gets louder
and the bats are so numerous that it seems
like they are going to fly right into your

Bats are a valuable asset to the local farmers,
orchards and vineyards. This swarm will consume
over 18 tons of crop insects a night.

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