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take in­spi­ra­tion from these su­perb im­ages, all suc­cess­ful en­tries in some of this year’s ma­jor pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tions

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Bri­tish Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards 2018 Over­all Win­ner Paul Col­ley con­trails at Dawn (Dauben­ton’s Bats)

Ghostly con­trails re­veal the flight paths and wing beats of Dauben­ton’s bats. This im­age, taken at the Coate Wa­ter Coun­try Park in Wilt­shire, was shot with an in­frared cam­era and light­ing sys­tem to over­come the challenge of pho­tograph­ing the high-speed flight of these small mam­mals in the dark. The in- cam­era dou­ble ex­po­sure caught the fore­ground bat mil­lisec­onds be­fore in­sect in­ter­cept. As these bats are a pro­tected species, they were pho­tographed in the wild fol­low­ing ad­vice from the Bat Con­ser­va­tion Trust and Nat­u­ral Eng­land.

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