Video Preview of the Discovery Channel’s “North America”

April 20, 2012

I’m excited to share the first preview of the Discovery Channel’s documentary series on North America.  Two years ago, I had the pleasure of chatting about bobcats with Nick Lyon from the Wild Horizons production company.  Because they are so elusive, bobcats are almost never filmed for major documentaries.  I want to thank Nick for putting in the work to document this incredible animal and share that with the Discovery Channel audience.

I also have to thank Trish Carney for posting the link to the preview on her blog. She’s doing some of the most original bobcat photography and I always look forward to seeing new work from her.  This preview looks incredible and I’m really looking forward to watching the series in 2013.

Via Trish Carney


Incredible Encounter

July 11, 2010

We had an interesting encounter with one of the bobcats a few days ago.  I spotted the young female walking through some brush, so we circled around and waited for her to appear on the opposite side.

We made it over just in time for her to appear moments later.  She took a casual look at us and proceeded to walk away before dashing into the brush after something.  We didn’t want to get any closer since she was obviously hunting, and I decided to shoot some video with my DSLR in case she came out with a rabbit or gopher.  Well she did come back out but we couldn’t tell what the heck she had caught.  She was very energetically batting it around and it appeared to keep changing shapes.  It wasn’t until we got home that we discovered that she had “caught” a snake!

I say “caught”, because after batting it around a bit she all of a sudden started trotting our way very quickly.  The snake was a Kingsnake, which is not venomous but it will mimic the rattle of a rattlesnake by vibrating its tail against dry brush.  It’s possible that the snake did this and successfully scared her away.  In any case, whatever happened was far more frightening than heading towards two people.  She actually got within a few feet of us before walking down another trail where she proceeded to stalk a rabbit.  In the photo below, you can see that she is still listening for the snake as she heads our way.

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.

Monday’s Bobcat Encounter

November 3, 2009

The two bobcat kids were back last night and were in a very playful mood.  They were a ton of fun to watch.  I’m thrilled that I managed to capture some of their antics on video!  I highly recommend watching it in HD.  It’s amazing how fast they are.  We got to watch one sprinting after a rabbit and they were both just brown blurs.

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Virginia Rail Video

October 25, 2009

Here’s a video of the Virginia Rail that was seen at Lake Los Carneros yesterday morning.

Second Bobcat Sighting in October

October 12, 2009

Over the past month or so I’ve had several nice sightings of the young bobcats, but haven’t seen their mother.   I’ve been wondering if she was still inhabiting this area or not.  This was in some doubt because the kittens’ father was seen at the lake a few weeks ago and he may have caused her to leave her young early.  It was great running into her tonight and confirming that she is still around and seems to be doing well.  With up to four bobcats at the lake at any given time, I feel sorry for the rabbits and ground squirrels.

As an added bonus, I’ve posted a short video of her here.

“Sense of Style”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, Santa Barbara County, CA

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