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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bobcat stalking

It was a day of unexpected twists and turns. But, K and I had an exhilarating hike. Carpe diem!
And, we saw a beautiful evening sky as another snow storm is heading our way.
Recently, my wildlife camera that is pointed at the based of our bear-proof bird feeder captured a crafty bobcat adroitly stalking rabbits. I've never seen footage quite like this before. Watch for the part where he belly-crawls as he tries to surprise a rabbit. Don't worry - no rabbits lost their lives on camera.

In the clip where the bobcat walks out of the frame and then a bobcat walks across the frame, do you think that it was the same bobcat who had circled and reappeared in the frame? Or, did we get to glimpse two bobcats in close proximity, an extremely rare event that occurs only during mating, kitten-raising, and fighting over territory?


  1. What great shots!

    It was like watching Butterscotch and BroFur at the tree watching the birds and the squirrels!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. It reminds me of my sister's cat as he stalks his toy mice. It's funny how that instinct stays with them so strongly. Great pictures!

  3. It looked like two different cats. The first looked thinner than the second, like a younger cat. It is amazing how they move so much like our domestic cats.

  4. I watched it twice and the first time I thought it was two cats, one skinnier than the other. Then the second time I was unsure. I'm gonna look again!

    I do agree with the other cat owners that the movements are just the same as the domestic cat. Ali Z was in the window stalking birds this afternoon! Sometimes I am very glad she is a housecat!


    Jo and Stella

  5. Incredible footage, KB! Congratulations! "Those" kitties are awesome!
    Sending lotsaluv from SA

  6. i thought it was two different cats....but, will have to examine more closely! beautiful shots!! wow, look like healthy cats! what is their weight? about 35lbs? absolutely wonderful images! what will you capture next? (it would be cool to see a know how i am :)

  7. First, K, we loved your picture. Such a happy romp.

    The bobcat video was amazing. Loved the belly crawl, and loved the long freeze of the cat just sitting and staring. Almost think it is a still shot until you catch movement in the end.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. It's amazing how wild cats are so similar to their domestic counterparts. The behaviors are almost exactly the same!

    They look like they're the same cat.. I don't know anything about bobcats, but s/he seems to be carrying himself the same exact way when s/he re-enters the frame.

  9. WOW that is sooo cool!

    We are glad the bunniest were ok.

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  10. Were you able to find tracks to help solve the one vs. two cat question? The fun in your forest never ends!

    Great shot of K. She seems to live that carpe diem.

  11. Lucinda is now putting out the red alert to all her Rabbit relatives in your area. That is a great clip of the Bobcat. Can you tell from the tracks if it was 1 or 2 cats? I thought of you yesterday as I snowshoed in Breck - I saw tracks I couldn't identify!

  12. I love the sky shot. Great light! So are you thinking about a wildlife show?

  13. Several people asked if I could see from tracks whether there were 1 or 2 cats. Unfortunately, I picked up the memory card too long after the cat(s) came through and the area had been trampled. So, I couldn't tell.

    Also, it was about 15 sec between the cat leaving the frame and then returning... so it's quite possible that one cat made a small circle and returned to the camera view.

    I'm with most of you - my best guess is that it was one cat but I'll never know for sure.

    Also, one friend pointed out that if I ever see a mountain lion stalking like that in person, I'm in very big trouble!

    It's fascinating to hear that domestic cats retain the same behavior. I didn't know that!

    Thanks to all of you.

  14. I'm your newest follower...your blog is so wonderful...I keep calling for my husband to come your videos!

  15. The markings on the legs and tail made us think it was one cat, but it is really hard to tell. Just love that belly crawl. And the glowing eyes on the rabbits were so cute.

    Woos- Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  16. The eyes are a little spooky but great footage! I wish I had a camera to determine what is crawling under the barn door and eating the cat's food. Licks the bowl clean and sometimes overturns the bowl. I'm thinking racoon, which is preferable to it being a possum.


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