Monday, January 23, 2012
The Bobcat and the Bird
Sometime last year, I ran into a wildlife biologist on one of my hikes. I peppered him with lots of questions about bobcats. One of the interesting things he told me was that bobcats are good birders. Interesting. I had only seen bobcats catch gophers and knew they also liked rabbits and even deer on occasion.
Recently, though, I watched a bobcat catch and eat two songbirds. I watched this cat pounce into tall grass and emerge with a catch. As I was taking photos, I noticed feathers hanging out of the cat's mouth. Feathers!
The bobcat enjoyed this meal for a while before setting off back down the trail.
A short while later, the cat pounced into the grass again.
This pounce was quite high and soft. The cat almost seemed to float in the air. I still need to work on my technique for pounce shots, but I thought this shot was fun, with just the bobcat's face in the corner.
I was not able to get any shots of the bobcat eating the second bird it caught, as he enjoyed his meal in the deep grass. But I was able to watch him eat the bird with my binoculars. And this sparrow also kept a close eye on the action.