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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bobcat mother and kitten!

I've captured rare (for me) photos of the bobcat mother and kitten multiple times this week! They're still frequenting a very snowy north-facing slope where I have a trail camera set up hoping to photograph bears who are heading to their dens. I'm amazed that the bobcat pair is still using the slope. It's SO cold. I hate checking my trail camera there because I get chilled to the bone in the shady and snowy world.

The first time that they passed my camera, the kitten led the way but turned to look for mom.
Mom wasn't far behind and the pair walked onward, placing their paws in my snowbike tracks.
A few days later, the pair walked in the opposite direction past the same trail camera. This time, mom led the way.
She looked back to check her kitten's progress.
Her kitten walked briskly to catch up with her.
A little later the same morning, the kitten ventured off by himself to investigate something.
He sniffed around in the snow and then realized that mom hadn't followed him when he looked over his shoulder.
He hurried off, away from the camera, to find his mother.

Clearly, this kitten hasn't yet started spending much of his time alone. He and his mother are traveling tightly together. Ah, I love seeing our wildlife living their lives naturally with my trail cameras!

I made a "flipbook" video of the rapidfire photos of the pair. You can watch it here or at Youtube.

On another note, as the year is winding toward its end, I've started sorting through my photos to enter a photo contest. This one represented a wonderful summertime memory of a warm hike up near the clouds with my K. I think that it'll be among my top choices as my entry.


Tammie Lee said...

so awesome to see these cats, they look healthy and gorgeous! Your cameras catch wonderful things.

Hiking Hounds said...

That is so cool! They both look really healthy. I think the picture of K will be great for a contest.

Two French Bulldogs said...

great shots of the big kittys
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your favorite photo is our favorite too. You captured a moment that there are no words to explain- except I would call it
"this moment". We feel it, like so many of your other masterpieces.

The bob cat and her kittens are total amazing. Do bobcats have twins ever? I wondered because mom thought she saw 2 dart into the brush one morning on her way to work. It was a pair of something like bobcats.

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Paws crossed the bobcat and her baby make it through the winter safely.

That looks like a great photo of K, although it makes K look russet, not chocolate. As we're russet ourselves, to us that is a definite plus. Good luck!

Jed & Abby

houndstooth said...

I remember when you and K took that big hike. It's a great picture of her and I love what it symbolizes! My list of favorite K pictures would be very, very long!

Angus said...

Amazing photo of K at the end . You have to wonder how terrain can weather so differently . Smooth scree slope on one side and sheer drop on the other .

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi KB, wow great photos once again. Your wildlife is so amazing. We agree that the last photo must be a winner. My daughter said it just looked too good to be true. You are very talented. Take care. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory said...

Wowee - proper forest cats! We only get to see them on tv - thanks!
K is a natural model and in that photo he looks like he is just meant to be there...if you get what I mean...some photos give of that energy that they were meant to be taken - and these are the ones that capture hearts and will probably be the winning photo..Greetings from Zola in France... an admirer x

Mr. Pip said...

Gosh, they sure are beautiful! Seeing one is a treat, seeing two is AMAZING!

Your pal, Pip

mayziegal said...

Ahhhhh...such Most Beautiful kittehs! Guess what? There's a bobcat living on the little hill behind where my mom works in the CITY! He's come down a time or two to stroll around outside the windows and everybuddy just gets SOOOO excited to see him!

Wiggles & Wags,

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Loved the cats.

You have so many fantastic photos I wouldn't want to have to choose...Love all the photos of K, but this one is magnificent.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

trying not to be doing much typing, but we don't think you have a photo that wouldn't make a winning entry!!!

Samantha said...

Love watching the mom and kitten through your trailcams..fascinating!

I think that photo of K is perfect :)

Barb said...

Wonderful to witness the Bobcats in the wild! AND - what a great pic of K!

Snowcatcher said...

Heartwarming again. Man, you've really lifted my spirits tonight. I think I'll just sit here and keep looking at your incredible photos. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and keep your chin up!