Photos of Bobcats

 

Here are more photos of the bobcat from the previous page. Here is the brief story, if you came to this page without stopping by the main bobcat page:

This bobcat was resting in some brush and tall grass at the edge of an open field. It  had a great view of the entire field and any prey animals that happened to pass by. This field is habitat for jackrabbits, cottontails, deer, voles, and other small rodents that are easy prey for a bobcat. I first saw the outline of the bobcat's head and ears from about halfway across the field. I slowly and quietly walked toward it, being careful not to move suddenly and scare it. The bobcat was aware of me the entire time and just watched me approach. They rely on their camouflage to blend in and hide their presence. The bobcat didn't move until I was about 20 feet away. At that point, it got uncomfortable and decided to quietly sneak off into deeper brush. It moved soundlessly, carefully placing its feet so as not to step on any leaves or twigs. It stopped to look back at me a couple times and make sure I was not following. I just watched and took photos of it. It was an amazing animal and so stealthy! The paws are made for stealth, with large pads on the heels and claws that retract so as not to make any noise.

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Bobcat crouched in brush. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

This is how the bobcat looked when I first got close to it. It was resting there in the grass, just watching me. Hunters like bobcats rely on their fur color to blend into their environment, and their stillness and quietness to allow them to surprise prey. They don't chase down their prey as canines do. They rely on stealth.

 
Bobcat front view. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

As I got closer, the bobcat stood up and got ready to run if needed. I did not move fast and just kept a steady and slow pace as I approached. The bobcat stayed still. When it did move, it was very carefully and slowly.

 
Bobcat looking to the side. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

The bobcat would look away from my from time to time. I think this is its way of saying, "If I can't see you, you can't see me." It tried not to make eye contact. Eye contact would have told it that I had seen it. I pretended not to see it as I approached, looking away too and using my camera lens to watch it. When I got to about 20 feet away, the bobcat decided that was close enough. It began to slowly retreat into the brush. 

 
Bobcat walking away. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.
The bobcat walked away, very slowly and carefully. The short tail is visible here. What a beautiful animal!
 
Bobcat with paw up. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Each step was placed carefully and quietly as the bobcat walked away. Notice how high it lifted the front paw in this photo. It didn't want to step on any leaves or twigs that would have made sound and let its presence be known. Animals that run away are instantly visible due to their movement. They also make noise when doing so. A stealthy predator like this doesn't' want to reveal its presence, in case any potential prey animals are nearby.

 
Bobcat walking quietly away from me. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

A very nice view of the bobcat's short tail and spotted coat. Notice how the hind foot is lifted high off the ground, likely so it would clear any grass or other vegetation and remain silent as it walked. 

 
Bobcat peering at me from behind a rock. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

The bobcat paused before it disappeared into the deeper brush behind it. It looked at me for a few moments from behind this rock, its tail twitching back and forth. I think it was studying me. Curious or just making sure I wasn't following it?

 
Bobcat entering dense brush. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

After the bobcat decided I wasn't following it, it disappeared into the deeper brush. This is the last view I had of it before it went into the shadows. From previous explorations in this clump of brush, I know that there is a trail that goes through it and a nice opening underneath where many animals rest during the day. Deer use it frequently. Apparently, so does the bobcat. The open area is almost large enough for me to stand up in. The brush encloses the top, making it a nice hiding place for animals.

 
A few more views of the bobcat facing me
Bobcat looking at me. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Notice the tufts of fur at the tips of each ear on this bobcat. That is one characteristic that will help identify this animal. The dark tops of the ears, and coat with its spots and stripes also help to identify it. The tail is short and striped too. Mountain lion cubs look similar to bobcats when they are young because they have spotted coats. As they grow older, they lose the spots and take on the single coat color of their parents.

 
 
Bobcat alert and watching me. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

Larger wild cats have pupils that are round, as opposed to the vertical slit pupils that domestic cats and bobcats have. If you look at a mountain lion's face, you will see that it has round pupils in its eyes.

 
Bobcat on trail cam. Photo copyright Kim A. Cabrera 2008.

This photo was taken on my remote trail camera the day before I saw the bobcat in the photos above it. The trail camera was located in a forest near a river, in an area below the field where I saw the bobcat above. I am not sure it is the same bobcat, but it is very likely that it is. I set the trail camera up in this location because I have found bobcat tracks in the area frequently. There is also a mountain lion that passes through this way about every 90 days or so. I regularly find his tracks, and his trail crosses this trail right about here. I hoped to get a photo of the cougar on the trail. So far, I've gotten the bobcat, coyotes, deer, squirrels, skunks, gray fox, and people, but no cougar. Yet...

 
Bobcat Photos from a Trail Camera

The bobcat is walking past the skunk, carrying a rabbit in its mouth. The skunk seems very unperturbed by the presence of the bobcat. Maybe the skunk realizes the bobcat has prey, or the skunk knows it is able to defend itself against a bobcat. I would bet on the second option.

 
The flash nearly washed out this photo of a mama bobcat and her cub.
 
A very beautiful side view of an adult bobcat at night.
 
A bobcat looking like it is sneaking up on something.
 
Skinny bobcat walking on a trail.
 

The same bobcat as above a few days later on the same trail. You can identify individual bobcats by comparing the spots on the coat in the two different photos. The spots match in this photo and the one above. Same bobcat!

 
 
bobcat hind end
This bobcat did not slow down to have its photo taken! Nice view of the tail though!
 

This bobcat came up to the deck one day when I was sitting there quietly reading a book. My cat, Boots, was lying there next to me, taking a nap. The bobcat growled at him and my cat ran behind me to hide. I stood between them for about ten minutes as the bobcat postured and growled. It would not approach when I was there. But it wanted to. My cat wisely chose to stay put. After about ten minutes, the bobcat walked slowly away, stiff-legged. I grabbed Boots and took him inside. I grabbed the camera and went back out. The only photo I got of the bobcat was this view of it as it walked away. This was taken looking through the deck supports, so it's not the best photo.  Sure wish I had the camera in hand when it was so close to me!

 

This bobcat visited my trail camera during daylight hours. This trail camera was located along a deer trail in the mixed forest. Tan oak, Douglas fir, bigleaf maple, and redwood make up this forest.

 
Notice that the hind feet have dark fur.
 
Another view showing the dark fur on the hind feet of the bobcat.
 
A bobcat next to the log seat on the right.
 
This bobcat didn't stop to take a good photo!
 
A close-up of the bobcat with the rabbit in its mouth.
 
bobcat in tall grass. Photo by Kim A. Cabrera

This bobcat was caught on the trail camera as it paused to look over the field below. The day was a bright sunny spring day. You can see the two white spots on the backs of the ears, which is a characteristic of bobcats. Bobcats often pause like this while they are hidden in cover to look for prey or other movement. They prefer edge habitat because it offers them this cover while also allowing them to see out.

 
bobcat and her cub
A bobcat with a cub walks past my trail camera
 
bobcat and cub
Bobcat and cub image from my trail camera
 
 

 

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