Saturday, 23 June 2007

Creature feature

Bats are a part of life here, and with the young podding, the odd one or two fall from the rafters or get left behind by mum, hopefully (doubtfully) temporarily. They drop from the gap above the Aga into the kitchen where the warmth lulls them stupid, or their mothers fly into the bedroom, just missing the bat entrance to the roof by inches. I have seen three youngsters in varying stages of development in the past fortnight. They are strange creatures, truly prehistoric in their ugliness and fascinating in their otherness. I think this is a young pipistrelle, no more than an inch long, completely bald and clinging to the green oak cladding of the outdoor stairs, awaiting mammary satisfaction and a furry back to climb on. I hope this bat baby finds what it's looking for.

6 comments:

mountainear said...

I double-clicked on your picture to see it full size. What a brute! Glad it's less than an inch long in real-life'.

Can see why you're attached to your camera.

Around My Kitchen Table said...

Oh, bless! He's so ugly, he's beautiful. My sister has bats in her attic (I always knew she had hats in her belfry, but that's another story). She hated it at first but couldn't get rid of them because they are protected. She's quite fond of them now though and watches them as they fly out through a tiny hole every evening at dusk.

Sara said...

This is truely amazing. Nature is just fantastic to watch and behold.
Sara from farmingfriends

mutterings and meanderings said...

I love bats.

He looks rather as if he has appeared from a hammer House of Horror film ..

Flowerpot said...

I've never seen one up so close before - really strange! Rather cute though.

Jamie Starbuck said...

Cute but not as cute as me 7 week old kitten, Paddy.