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Water specialists

Duration: 03:01

Simon King heads for a river to find out what hunts insects at night using thermal and infrared cameras to film bats. The place is plagued by midges and other insects - perfect for bats. Daubenton's bat is an expert at hunting over water, skimming low over the surface to grab the insects as they emerge. Four bats turn up and zoom about as they feed. A Daubenton's bat catches quite large insects, so eats about 1,000 a night. A pipistrelle will eat about 3,000 tiny insects such as midges.

Available since: Tue 18 May 2010


Key talent
Simon King
Key talent
Kate Humble
Key talent
Chris Packham
Key talent
Gordon Buchanan
Key talent
Martin Hughes-Games
Reema Lorford
Executive Producer
Tim Scoones

This clip is from

Springwatch 2009, Episode 6

See the best of the wild animal antics that Springwatch viewers have filmed themselves.

First broadcast: 02 Jun 2009

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