Our unprecedented bobcat viewing streak has come to an end. Prior to Thursday we had seen them the past six days in a row. However, it may not be a bad thing that they aren’t so readily findable. There has been a sudden increase in the number of people looking for them and I wonder how that is impacting their hunting. Bobcats are crepuscular, meaning that they are active primarily at dawn and dusk. It can’t be good for them if they spend half their hunting time watching photographers or being pursued by them. The young have the added stress of having to avoid the adult male. Being forced to move around the lake wastes valuable hunting time and takes energy. I hope us photographers aren’t having too much of a negative impact on them, because I would feel terrible if one starved to death because of us.
“Sunrise over Lake Los Carneros” – Goleta, CA