Info video with thermal images of Soprano pipistrelle bat (2022)

Ausflug der Mückenfledermaus in Gera, Foto: David Cebulla

2022, we produced an information film about the largest currently known roosting site of Pipistrellus pygmaeus in Thuringia for the NATURA-2000 Station Osterland. The video is part of an app, which was by the NATURA-2000 station and combines an educational hiking trail with digital content.

The production took place within six shooting days with an additional pickup shoot. The footage was mainly shot in the twilight hours and into the night. During the shoot, we took strict care not to disturb the bats. For this reason, we shot without visible light. Among other things, infrared spotlights were used in combination with modified infrared sensitive cameras. In addition, we used the latest thermal imaging technology. Thus, unique images of the swarming behavior of the Pipistrellus pygmaeus could be produced. With the help of a batscanner, the calls of the bats could also be made audible. In addition, the film also draws on our own archive material of other bat species.

The app and this video waas launched by the NATURA-2000 station in March 2023.

Filmmaker: David Cebulla
Filmmaker’s assistant: Heide Moldenhauer
Duration: 4:55 min.