Proboscis Bat

Proboscis Bat: Panama Canal, Gamboa, Panama, July 2022 — I have seen Proboscis Bats from Honduras to Panama, and I probably saw them over the water at night on the Amazon in Peru. They live along streams and rivers all through the American tropics…and their unique roosting pattern…in a long line, nose to tail, down the underside of a branch over (or next to) water, makes them easy to identify. I have never been out with a river guide in Central America who does not have at least one roost to show off. 🙂 They are also sometimes called “Long-nosed Bats” but there are both Lessor and Greater (Mexican) Long-nosed Bats who already “own” that name. They do not have the interesting pattern of lines on the back that the Proboscis has, and are indeed both separate species. Sony Rx10iv at 207 and 600mm equivalents. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 1600 @ f4 @ 1/500th.

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