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PhotoFriendly March 13, 2014
Amazing pictures! These are so hard to shoot. To have such good pictures of them is remarkable.
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GigiJim08 March 13, 2014
Photofriendly, there are lots of difficulties when I took photo of those Rousette Fruit Bats. The are was under lots of trees and even though me and my nieces went there during full moon but we were not able to have beautiful catch during night time. So far in this photo, it was shot during morning time still I raised my ISO into 10,000 to get this morning shot and of course photos turn into grainy.
 
COBPhotography March 13, 2014
amazing, i have never seen so many bats grouped together like that
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GigiJim08 March 13, 2014
COBPhotography, yes a lot in this cave. If we really want to record their sound we can because they do really sounded loud. The cave was there already before world war II according to the Old Folks living in the place.
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sweetpea72 March 13, 2014
Amazing shot.. WOW!!
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GigiJim08 March 13, 2014
Sweatpea72, the sanctuary is nearby the ocean that is why when these bats are awake they will fly and cross the ocean head to Davao area where they can find lots of fruits.
 
trapster March 16, 2014
Beautiful photographs. Much more colorful than I have ever seen them.
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GigiJim08 March 17, 2014
Trapster, Million thanks. I bump up a little the color because I just tried the raw one does not really do so good because it is more pale. Our computer has different color, and when we download it in the website you can notice another shade of color.
 
danielmartin March 17, 2014
Wow! Very interesting shot!! and explanation! Thank you for sharing!
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GigiJim08 March 17, 2014
danielmartin, some people believe that picture is worth a thousand words and I have another belief, A PICTURE IS MORE STRONGER WHEN THOUSAND WORDS EXPLAIN IT." hahahaha, Anyway, I just love to say something. I was a long been teacher and I always talk, now that I concentrated to photography I need to talk about my photography. Million thanks for your words of wisdom. The first thing that I wanted to look at there in VB are the comments because I love reading them.
 
jameswalinski March 18, 2014
Wow, 1.8 million Rousette Fruit Bats. Big colony and great capture. I love the textures of the bodies. so nice.
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GigiJim08 March 24, 2014
Recorded in the World Guinness Book of Record. It is a single largest colony. So this is the largest among the bat colony around the world. Pretty amazing huh.
 
gracemary March 19, 2014
huh.. i witnessed this amazing photo shoot ..very nice...
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GigiJim08 March 24, 2014
They are quite fantastic, right?
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Elyzabeth March 23, 2014
Another masterpeice, to say the very least! Look at the beautiful detail!
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GigiJim08 March 24, 2014
Elyzabeth, Million thanks, I just love how they filed up themselves in the crowd. Might be the cave is a little cold because they want warm bodies around.
 
Mastapeace March 24, 2014
Incredible shot! And thanks for the very informative discussions on bats! I've been trying for weeks to capture the shy bat living under my eaves. Your Rousette photos are amazing and inspiring me to keep trying. Thank you!
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GigiJim08 March 24, 2014
Mastapeace, photographers are always trying to and don't stop trying yourself to capture the most wonderful photos could be bats or whatever. That is our advantage of using DSLR, no worry if we were mistaken in using it because we can just delete it and try again until we succeed.
 
lezielpalerobangotviray March 25, 2014
Jie, is the place is just the same as that of the Monfort Bat Cave ? As what I've read is the world largest colony of Rousette Fruit Bats with estimated 2.5 million bats. This distinction was also entered in the Guiness Book of World Records.
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GigiJim08 March 26, 2014
Zel, this is really in Monfort. yes they are single largest colony, meaning the biggest and it is the lone largest colony.
 
elenitabonggoquinanola March 25, 2014
Really amazing!an absolute masterpiece!personally,i haven't encountered this colony of bats.They are furry and cute mammals,fruit bats are also dubbed as megabats but that does not always mean that the bat is going to be large.You are right,while some bat species are willing to hibernate the fruit bat is not one of them.They live in colonies that are very large in size because they feel safer with numbers...You've done a remarkable job taking this photo...
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GigiJim08 March 26, 2014
Well, miss Elen, when you visited Philippines you need to go to that place. There you can see them and beside it is just half hour away from Davao City. Plus you can enjoy the wonderful beach around the city. Million thanks for your comment. Feel free to visit and embrace the beauty of these Rousette Fruit Bats. They are so unique and when you will be there you need to stay a night so you can watch the tornado like formation they are performing when they are about to get out and fly to look for food.
 
annebaxterjohnson March 26, 2014
Whoaaaaa!!! That's it!! I am going to Bat Cave this weekend! You have inspired me. You have some wonderful photography, and this is superb!
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
Annebaxterjohnson, thank you so much for you appreciation and I am also thankful because my photo inspired you.
 
davidsimons April 05, 2014
Awesome capture!
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
Davidimons, thank you for your appreciation/comment.
 
karenfrench April 10, 2014
This is quite stunning, and breathtaking. Such awesome beauty, how wonderful for you to capture this.
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
Karen, Million thanks for your appreciation/comment.
 
jameswalinski April 25, 2014
VOTED
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
thank you hon.
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Elyzabeth April 26, 2014
Voted!!!!
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
thank you Elyzabeth
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kathleenweetman April 27, 2014
Just an incredible capture for your story Jelieta.....I have looked at many entries and so far only you and I have worked by the contest rules...5 photos for a continuous story....Good luck. Voted.
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
Kath, thank you I am hoping we can.
 
neocup April 30, 2014
I am a HUGE BAT fan! I think they are HIGHLY MISUNDERSTOOD. I will go to the Natural Bridge Caverns outside of San Antonio this summer to photograph the Mexican Bat Colony that lives there! Gorgeous Shot!
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GigiJim08 April 30, 2014
Neocap that is good so you can have images of them. Good luck for your taking of photos.
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ClaudiaKuhn July 03, 2014
Cool! Terrific capture
 
Shadan August 14, 2014
This is amazing!! Bravo..
nice information with the photograph.
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Cavar October 16, 2015
Exceptional image with interesting backstory. Funny to see a few 'peepers' in the group.
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Voted Animal kingdom!
 
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Voted Animal kingdom!
 
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kathleenweetman April 23, 2017
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lezielpalerobangotviray April 29, 2017
Amazing...
 
jameswalinski May 12, 2017
Congratulations on your award!
 
Baumhaus August 12, 2017
unbelievable..., great shot !
 
jameswalinski August 28, 2017
Amazing capture of wild animals in the cave. Voted cave~!
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Arzhtatiana August 29, 2017
Nice capture! Voted...Caves...!
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Voted Caves

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These are Rousette Fruit Bats that can be found at Monfort Sanctuary, Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines. This colony is believed to be the largest in the world with 1.8 million Rousette Fruit Bats. According to the Guinness Book of World REcords, it is the single largest colony in existence. Their diet is consists of fruits and nectar. Bats don't hibernate and they dislike the cold weather. So Bats can usually be found in a tropical place like the Philippines. Bats are nocturnal, these Bats were sleeping when I took this photo.

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