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Sardinia part 2: Bats

Sunday, 13 March 2016 16:08

Besides cave salamanders many Sardinian caves are inhabited by bats. Sometimes in large numbers, mostly just a few. The large colonies were absent unfortunately, but this was well compensated by horse-shoe bats hanging from stalactites. What a sight! Moreover, we saw three species, of which one I never saw before.

 

 

Sardinia part 1: Cave salamanders

Monday, 07 March 2016 18:07

The Italian island of Sardinia is known for the huge amount of caves. This was exactly the goal for Vincent and me on a recent trip. One of the highlights are cave salamanders. The island houses five species, in contrast to only three on the European mainland. Moreover, they are not only endemic to the island, also to separate mountain ranges. We almost saw them all. Here a small impression. For the wide-angle shots Vincent and I joined forces and equipment and made them together. It would be too much to do it all twice. The nice thing about winter on Sardinia is that the salamanders can be found inside als well as outside the caves. Of course there are lots of other reptiles and amphibians, but that’s for another trip.
Part 2 will follow shortly about other cave inhabitants.

 

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