Backyard Bobcats, Part II
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The other day when I posted some Bobcat kitten photos I promised to post some more. Well, here they are. It is a bit of wretched excess, I suppose, to post so many photos of one subject, but honestly, in more than four years of almost daily wildlife photography, I’ve only come across Bobcat kittens on a handful of occasions.
My experience in photographing Bobcats is that many of them are wary of people but don’t show a tremendous amount of fear in the presence of humans. Rather, they keep their distance from us with a certain amount of dignity. Perhaps it is an innate confidence that comes from being a top predator. I’m unaware of any creatures preying on adult Bobcats in the wild.
We sometimes forget just how tough these cats can be. On a couple of occasions while out walking I’ve encountered an adult male Bobcat. An adult male is huge when compared with a kitten like the one depicted here. An adult male Bobcat weighing 30 pounds or so is capable of catching and killing a small deer that is several times its weight. There are numerous images on the internet of Bobcat-deer encounters.
These animals definitely deserve our respect. As cute as Bobcat kittens may be — and they are very cute, no doubt — they will one day sit at the very top of the food chain. The kittens I observed the other day were quite large and I think that they may both be males. Some day, before too long, they will be calling the tune in their world.
Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 70-200 f4L IS zoom lens, ISO 1000, aperture preferred setting, f5.6, shutter speeds varied.