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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wild Cat Saturday

Here's why I was glad to see Bambi vigilantly looking over her shoulder the other night.
Look at that naked neck - no collar. Despite my scientific curiosity, I'm still cheering for our few lions without collars.
He/she hurried past the camera site.
... and disappeared into the night, in search of a meal, no doubt.

Nearby, the mother bobcat continued raising her kitten. The mother walked past a camera with no kitten in sight.
Almost out of sight of the camera, the mother sat and waited. You can see her black and white ears, sticking up like flags, to the far left of the photo.
After about 10 seconds of patient sitting and waiting, her kitten bounded into view toward those distinctive ears.
The pair continued on their way. When I saw this photo, I wondered if the kitten had started traveling with her mother full-time yet. Usually, after spending their early weeks hidden in dens, bobcat kittens start hunting with their mothers full-time.

But, then I captured a photo of a single bobcat walking nearby nearly a week later. At first, I thought that it might be the kitten until the next photo a mere 4 minutes later.
The bobcat passed the same camera walking in the opposite direction. Now, she had a Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel firmly in her jaws. I was astounded at how fast she'd hunted down an afternoon meal.
She resolutely walked to the east, probably taking the meal to her kitten's current den.
Ground squirrels usually start hibernating in late September so they're fat and slow right now - perfect prey for a hungry bobcat mother and kitten. These squirrels seem to be a staple for this mother bobcat so hunting will become more difficult when they disappear underground for a long winter's sleep.
This mother bobcat seems to be doing great job raising her youngster. I hope that she can keep filling the kitten with food when times become tougher with advancing fall and winter. And, I hope that we can continue to follow the pair with photographs!

15 comments:

  1. The bob cat's markings are so beautiful. I'd never noticed the stripes on the inside of their legs before. And those ears!

    Hope you're feeling better.

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  2. Hi Y'all,

    What a spectacular leaf!

    Love watching your wildlife stalking mates or prey and going about their family life.

    Thanks for educating us.

    BrownDog's Human

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  3. Squirrel seems the perfect meal for the growing family!
    As always KB, such wonderful images of the beautiful creatures living in your backyard!
    Makes me sad that some people still don't see the value in our environment......
    But seeing your images gives me hope and inspiration to keep fighting for our green spaces, the animals, the water, the air.....
    xoxo

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  4. Oh my goodness, that bobcat is gorgeous!

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  5. Mom is happy when you show fotos of da big kittehs cuz her really luvs dem. :) Hi to K and R from me!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  6. I am just amazed that you live near these beautiful animals!

    Your pal, Pip

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  7. How beautiful the bob cats are.
    It does not seem possible that soon hibrination will begin for some.
    I think our squirrels that live in the trees don't hibrinate. They have lots of nuts stored up
    love
    tweedles

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  8. What a beautiful bobcat. The little one is super cute!

    Licks,
    Ruthie

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  9. We love the update on bobcat and kitten
    Beautiful
    Benny & Lily

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  10. What beautiful cats! It's hard to believe they're getting ready for winter already. I hope the Bobcat and kitten will fare well!

    I love that leaf shot! What great color!

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  11. Quite amazing .Thoe cameras were a great investment - despite the hassles !

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  12. We were noticing just last night on our way home on our bicycles the prairie dogs are quite... ready for winter. Slow little pugs! My husband typically whistles like a hawk to make them dance on their hind legs. They're so chubby now, they just kept right on eating and mostly ignored him!

    Fabulous footage, and boy, is that leaf ever a harbinger of things to come!

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