|The night flier and a grounded rodent.|
A chance photo of a bat is always icing on the cake.
Identifying bats from photos like this one is a guessing game, but sometimes you get a hunch from some diagnostic feature like those teeny weenie bat feet.
The night flier with the Lone Ranger mask was possibly the Western small-footed myotis, Myotis ciliolabrum, which we have previously camera trapped at the Chimineas.
Whatever it is, the image brings to mind a staccato hi-frequency voice amidst the nocturnal buzz and chirps of crickets, a piping poorwill, and the imagined footfalls of predators in the arroyo.
And there were other stunt fliers.
Night life in Badger Head Gulch is a contrast to the hushed stillness of the summer afternoon when we set our camera.