Bobcat on the Hunt – Feb 10, 2010

Looks like the Vancouver Olympics camera crews are having some bobcat sightings too.  (It’s definitely not a Lynx, as was initially reported.)  I can’t let them have all the fun, so here are some images from our Wednesday evening encounter.  Most of the bobcats have been very difficult to find lately, so it was very rewarding to find and watch him for an extended period of time.  He was actively hunting when we first saw him and he quickly caught a large rat, which he proceeded to kill and then play with for many minutes.  He seemed to really be enjoying himself and would bat the carcass high into the air and go chasing after it.  Unfortunately he was hiding behind a line of brush so we would only occasionally see the rat go flying through the air, followed shortly thereafter by an airborne bobcat.

There were quite a few people walking up and down the path adjacent to his hunting field and we were surprised that he repeatedly crossed this path right in front of some dog-walkers and us.  He would run by so quickly that most of the people didn’t even know he had crossed.  I was happy to see some Flickr friends at the park just as we found the bobcat again.  He spent quite a bit of time hunting a field right in front of us and caught at least one more rat.  This was a wonderful change from the very short sightings we have been having recently.

“Friendly Feline”  –  Goleta, CA

“Leaping Bobcat”  –  frame 1

“Showing Off”  –  frame 2

“The Prize”

“Bobcat at Last Light”

“The Pounce”

“Field of Dreams”

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5 Responses to Bobcat on the Hunt – Feb 10, 2010

  1. kseverny says:

    Really well captured

  2. The first one is amazing with this big eyes looking right at you. Very nice hunting set. You are seeing activities very few people get to witness.

  3. John Wall says:

    Excellent! I’m envious! My sightings this week didn’t lend themselves at all to photography. Always good to at least see ’em though. I’m amazed the dogs don’t react to them.

  4. Pat Ulrich says:

    These are so fantastic, Barry! Shots 1 and 5 really have some extra magic. I made my first attempts at location bobcats this past week, but was unsuccessful, unfortunately.

  5. wildphotography says:

    Thanks guys!

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