Readers’ wildlife photos

Although John Avise contributes the Sunday Duck o’ the Week, he’s sent me a lot of other photos as well, and they’ve been on the back burner. Today I’ll move some to the front, as we’ll see some of the felids John’s photographs, namely bobcats. His words are indented:

You don’t necessarily have to visit zoos or travel to remote locations to encounter free-living felid species.  I took these photos of wild Bobcats (Lynx rufus) in the quintessentially suburban environment of Irvine in Southern California, where these secretive animals are not exceedingly rare (though infrequently seen).  Wildlife biologists have outfitted some of our local Bobcats with transmitting collars (see the third photo) so their movements can be tracked.  A few years ago, one Bobcat “nested” (raised her kittens) in our neighborhood near a busy street.  So, remarkably, some of these beautiful felids manage to eke out a living even in densely human-populated settings.

In one of my photos, another Bobcat is carrying an American Coot (Fulica americana) that she just captured from a nearby marsh.  Bobcats are native to North America and occur as the most common wild felid throughout most of the continent.

For a treat, see this news video of bobcat kittens frolicking in a Vancouver back yard, with the link sent by Liz last year.

8 Comments

  1. Posted August 12, 2020 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    They seem quite variable in their coat markings…

  2. boudiccadylis
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    The video of the kittens playing is enchanting. Makes me want to observe more closely.

  3. Rick Bannister
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Great pictures and video. The video was apparently taken somewhere on Vancouver Island, not the city of Vancouver which is on the mainland. I could not find which municipality on the Island that house was near.

    • jahigginbotham
      Posted August 13, 2020 at 12:17 am | Permalink

      Calgary. Possibly near Elbow River.

  4. rickflick
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Beautiful felid!

  5. Mark R.
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I adore bobcats. I’ve seen a few around here in Western Washington and have caught some on my wildlife camera.

  6. Bruce E Lyon
    Posted August 12, 2020 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    One of those cats is eating one of my birds—a coot! Fabulous photos. Bobcats used to be pretty common in Santa Cruz and seem to have mostly disappeared. Unclear what is going on but options include (1) rodenticides and (2) the massive increase in coyotes in the past few years.

  7. Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous and elegant. Well of course, they’re cats. Thanks for the photos.


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