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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Special Mention: Kiran Poonacha

Fruit for Thought: It took Kiran Poonacha days of research and preparation to make this photograph of a short-nosed Indian fruit bat Cynopterus sphinx near his home in Bengaluru. Notoriously difficult to photograph on account of their nocturnal, ‘flitty’ ways, Kiran had to use a high-speed infrared beam trigger and multi-flash setup, but not before studying the flight patterns of these flying mammals to guess the best path on which to hedge his bets. Persistence pays, and this stunningly clear picture of a bat in flight, with a Singapore cherry jammed in its mouth, gives us a perfect look at this creature of the night. 
 
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka Details: Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm. f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, ISO 100, Shutter speed: 1/200 sec., Aperture: f/11, Focal Length: 158 mm., Flash: Yes (external)
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