When I arrived home in January, Stretch visited and found this Bat hanging-out on one of my uncompleted inner walls - judging from the droppings on the ground it had been roosting(?) there for a few days.
When I was a kid, someone told me to be careful of Bats because they can get tangled-up in my hair - I know now that this is probably an Old Wives Tale but, because of this and together with the Vampire associations of folklore, I've generally given them a miss.
I often see Bats flying at dusk but, this was the first time I've been able to get close up and personal with one.
I have no idea what species it is but was surprised by it's beautiful markings - I've always thought of Bats as being pitch-black.
It didn't seem to mind my presence - I'm sure that I could have reached out and touched it but was afraid of disturbing it.
What a strange looking face it has hey?
It hung-out on my wall for a few more days and then, one morning, it was gone. I hope that it just relocated to another spot and hadn't become the prey of some other creature.