Cuteness alert!

November 22, 2009



Here’s a video from the other day of the mother and female bobcat kitten licking and cleaning each other.


Unique Encounter – Male bobcats seen together

November 22, 2009

As the title of this post indicates, we had a completely unexpected sighting of the two male bobcats together.  The two bobcats were the father and his son.  Bobcats are well known for their solitary lifestyle, apart from mating and the mother raising the young.  I have been unable to find any other record of an adult male tolerating the presence of another male.  This sighting makes me wonder if he knew that the young male was his offspring and that’s why he wasn’t chased away.  The younger male actually ran up to his father and playfully head-butted him in the side.  We were anxiously waiting for the adult to snap at the youngster, but he just abled away with the young male following closely beside him.  What an amazing thing to see!

“A Window into their World”  –  Adult Male Bobcat ~ Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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Common Beauty

November 19, 2009

Some interesting large migratory birds are finally arriving in the Santa Barbara area.  We have had flocks of Canada Geese overnighting at Lake Los Carneros and a juvenile female Northern Harrier coursing over the surrounding meadows.  There has certainly been no shortage of creatures to photograph around here recently.

“The World’s Prettiest Mallard”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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Two Kittens, Two Days – Male

November 18, 2009

This is Part II of this two part series.  Yesterday the young male was only seen just as twilight descended.  I managed to capture a couple documentary photos, but nothing worth posting.  He more than made up for it today and spent nearly an hour hunting and prowling out in the open.  We haven’t seen the young siblings playing with each other recently and it was great to get a glimpse of the past as he briefly and playfully chased his sister.  Unfortunately I wasn’t expecting this at all and missed getting both of them in frame.

“Young Male Bobcat”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, Ca

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Two Kittens, Two Days – Female

November 18, 2009

Both of the bobcat kittens have been very active again and there have been some great sightings over the last two days.  Yesterday a small group of us spent almost thirty minutes watching the young female successfully capture and subdue a pocket gopher.  The gopher attempted to fight back which only prolonged its misery, as the cat took its time wearing down the poor creature.  Today we witnessed the cat’s caring side, as the mother and daughter spent several minutes grooming each other.  I managed to get some great video and hope to post it later this week.

“Young Female Bobcat”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, Ca

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Scenic Sights from the Lake

November 18, 2009

There are many more bobcat and bird photos to post.  Due to all the great sightings recently, I think my nose is permanently bent out of shape from being smashed against the back my camera!  In any case, I have been taking the time to capture other beautiful sights along the way.  Here’s a small and colorful selection of recent views at Lake Los Carneros.

“Intimate Field”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

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More Bobcat Photos from Early November

November 17, 2009

Here are a few more photos from some of our recent bobcat encounters.  For the first time, we had another wild animal point out the location of one of the cats.  An agitated crow was calling incessantly from a treetop, which isn’t too unusual.  But then it flew down from the tree and looped low over the ground while angrily shrieking.  Sure enough, one of the bobcats was lying in the grass right where the crow had indicated.

“Clean Kitty”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, Ca

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