Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cat-Catcher

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I left the camera in the same place for a second week. The water is really going down, and I wonder how much longer this little spring will last.

The date reads Feb. 25, but it's actually Jan. 25. I didn't have my glasses with me when I swapped the memory card last week, and I must have accidentally changed the date while I was trying to reformat the card. 



I had re-positioned the camera in this spot with the raccoons in mind. They had trooped single-file in the streambed directly towards the camera in a previous set in November. This time only one 'coon got his picture taken, and only just barely. 



I had several daylight frames that left me moaning at what could have been. You can easily see one bobcat going down for a drink in this picture, but there are two cats in the frame. In the first shots, both bobcats are in the blown-out bright spots. Again, this was not shot on March 4, but just this morning -- in fact, not long before I stopped by to pick up the camera.



Here's a crop of the previous frame. Can you see the second cat? The other cat is smaller, and I'll bet it's the mate of this larger male. Coincidentally, I'd just been spending some quality time watching a (presumably) mated pair of coyotes napping in the sunshine on Bolinas Ridge. 

I'd planned to move the camera to a new location, but now I want to put it back at this or another nearby water hole. The other hole has better, more even, light than this spot, but it's closer to a human trail.

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13 comments:

  1. Do you watch American Pickers? They were in Colorado picking where the family had a bobcat as a pet. Found it as a cub, raised it and it became popular within the small town community always accompanying the family everywhere they went. It was even toilet bowl trained and loved playing with toilet paper in the bowl always making a mess in the bathroom.

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    1. I did see an episode of that recently, but not that one, unfortunately.

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    2. What was the bobcat's name?

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  2. I still can't see the 2nd cat. Where is it?

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    1. It's in the ravine behind the main cat. It looks like a rock....

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  3. I cannot find a second cat either even with that hint.

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    1. It's rump is right behind the little spray of grass near the blown-out highlight. If the second cat raised its head, it would be right behind the main cat's right rear paw.

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    2. Now I see it. Great eye. That's a pretty deep narrow ditch.

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  4. Nice. I can see the 2nd bob. The crest on its back is distinctive. But it's usually the male following the female for the few days they hang out and mate. Gotta make sure she doesn't run in to any cuter bobs. :)

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    1. This is one where I wish I'd been shooting video so I could have had a better look at their interactions. They are close together, maybe even face-to-face, in the first blown-out shots. Later, by the time the cat in the ravine sticks her head up, the other cat is completely out of the picture, but you can still see a distinctive size difference, and I assumed the male was the larger one.

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    2. A distinct size difference may also be a mother and older kitten. Just another possibility to consider.

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    3. That was actually my first thought! I only reconsidered in light of hanging out with the coyote pair. "Oh, maybe the bobcats are pairing up too."

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    4. This is the typ time of year the bobs boink, so all are reasonable possibilities. Perhaps more cam trapping will tell the tale.

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