Friday, July 26, 2013

Fly like a Bat [through Bracken Cave]

There needs to be a high resolution version of this fly through. Very cool.

And in other news... a key to WNS is discovered...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One bat in Ouro Preto Cave in PETAR, Brazil

Just got back from two weeks of vacation in Brazil, where I visited, PETAR - Parque Estadual TurĂ­stico do Alto Ribeira, home to over 300 caves. I got to see a few bats there. Most of the bats don't live in the caves where people are allowed to visit, for obvious reasons. Here is one solitary bat telling me to get lost while he's trying to take a nap!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

a glimpse of magic

It was a magical zen-like experience waiting for the bats to emerge at twilight at Russian River Vineyards. Here is a small glimpse of what we saw.

We didn't see very many bats, but the setting was very picturesque and even felt haunted. Very fitting for bat viewing!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween - 12 Amazing Things About Bats

Halloween may be the one day of the year when bats get the most acceptance from humans. To celebrate the holiday, people hang decorative bats in their doorways and windows, and some people even choose to dress up like this creature of the night.

Today on Halloween, Wired published a fascinating list of 12 Amazing Things About Bats. Please read it to broaden your knowledge and appreciation about these magical mammals!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Report from first shoot at Russian River Vineyards

It seems every time you schedule a shoot, you can plan and plan and plan, but you can never expect what you're going to end up capturing. When my crew and I drove up to Forestville, CA on Sunday, we thought we were going to see one of the largest bat colonies in Northern California. But what we ended up with was the crux of this new film's storyline - the bat population in North America is in dramatic decline.

Director Kristin Tieche waiting for the sun to set and the bats to emerge.

And, even though we didn't see thousands of bats, we did meet a human bat advocate - Chris O'Neill, a friend of the bats, the winery owner who truly wishes to see the return of the four species of bats who very recently dominated his property. There were as many as 4,000 bats on the property only a handful of years ago.

Sound recordist Leandro da Rosa Marques preparing to capture bat sounds.

We sincerely hope the owners of Russian River Vineyards receive the funding to restore their barn - the bat habitat they inherited when they purchased the property four years ago.

Two bats emerge from the barn at Russian River Vineyards.

Please check back for clips from our successful and insightful shoot.