The New World’s two biggest bats are both carnivorous, preying upon animals like mice, frogs, and birds.
The woolly false vampire bat and the spectral bat, the latter of which can have a wingspan up to nearly three feet, generally avoid people; humans have nothing material to fear from them. Unless, of course, your intention is to get a good photograph. Shy, swift-moving mammals that mostly fly in darkness, they do not lend themselves to the limelight.
Such was the challenge facing natural history photographer Anand Varma, who in 2015 embarked on a mission to take photos of the animals for a story in National Geographic magazine.
The assignment took him to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, where researcher and National Geographic