Bobcat hunts for gophers

The Bobcat in the meadow
The Bobcat in the meadow

A bobcat visited our meadow the other morning and stayed for about 20 minutes hunting and basking in the sunshine. This was not the first time I've watched a bobcat, but this one had very distinctive markings and was so relaxed. It almost seemed like a domestic cat the way it seemed to own that meadow. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it catch a gopher, but it stayed long enough for me to absorb some of its personality.

Watching wild animals in their own habitat is a special treat. They are not like us - they really live IN their world, they don't try to change it, they adapt to it. I learn a lot everytime I get to watch the birds and insects and lizards and other animals around here. I learn how to accept the world, how to appreciate it, how to pull in the healthful rays of sun and the good clean air to heal any old wounds I have.

The Bobcats we see here in California are Lynx rufus - mammals who live in a large area from Canada to Mexico. They hunt primarily in forests and meadows for small rodents and are important predators who help keep the mouse, gopher and rat populations in control. Of course, they are also very beautiful.

This young one was probably not yet full-grown and will develop a larger head and more powerful body. It's stripes and the points on its ears will become even more pronounced. In some of my photos this one looked almost like a house cat.

The meadow here hosts many wonderful birds and mammals: great blue herons, red-tail hawks, bluebirds, flickers, woodpeckers, bluejays, squirrels - to name a few.

Oh, and its bobbed tail was ao wonderful! It was twirling its tail round and round and it only stopped when he was sitting down.  If you watch the video you will see what I mean.  This animal is beautiful to watch in motion.  I tried to cut the video down but couldn't get rid of any of the action.  I am not the best at the camera work, still learning.  I have a little Sony HD camcorder 42x - it gets kinda jumpy when I try to bring something far away closer. 

Just wanted to share some images of this remarkable animal with you! The more we see how diverse and beautiful nature is, I believe, the more we will treasure and help preserve the natural, wild world we share with the rest of life.

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mega1 5 years ago Author

Yes! that bobcat was definitely seeing me a lot better than I was seeing him - without the extreme zoom on my camcorder I couldn't have known - how good their eyes must be! I have seen him since a couple times, he is growing bigger and stays pretty far away and is very wary so I haven't gotten more video of him. This is a special place. We also have a lot of birds and deer and wild turkeys. Its always a show! Thanks for commenting and reading my hub, Peggy.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a treat to be able to film a wild bobcat from your home. I have never tried filming anything and think that if this was your first effort, it was great. It seemed as though the bobcat was watching you part of the time!

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mega1 5 years ago Author

thanks for the comment Eiddwen - so glad to see that you really are reading all my hubs! I think you are the first to actually do that and I am impressed. You will know me better than anyone! :)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub mega.

I love anything to do with nature, animals, wildlife etc so this one was a treat for me.

I push all the buttons on this one.

Great photos and thanks for sharing.

Take care


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mega1 6 years ago Author

Hi Joy - thanks for your interest and comment - It is wonderful to see wild creatures right out there. But lately there haven't been any - not even the deer who usually come through in the evening or early morning. Maybe they've gone looking for better food somewhere else? The video seems ok now, altho it takes a minute to load. Thanks again.

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Joy56 6 years ago

hi very interesting hubs, and the photos were lovely. I have never seen animals in the wild, it is a real treat to be able to get so close to take such good pics. I cannot get the vid to work but will come back to it later.

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mega1 6 years ago Author

He didn't come back, Charlie! I miss him! I guess it was just a short affair for us, one marvelous morning! I'm like you, hanging out, enjoying the birds and critters. We got a great birdfeeder where we have counted 12 different species that come around to share it and I am working on a video of some of these birds. Thanks for the compliment - its definitely a mutual admiration society!

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ralwus 6 years ago

The more I learn of you, the more you grow on me. I am impressed by the photos and video. Lovely. yes. I grew up with these down home, we have some here as well, but I don't get out too much and just hang out here and enjoy my birds and critters.

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mega1 6 years ago Author

thank you very much Tusitala Tom!

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Tusitala Tom 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

There's something rather regal about a cat; independent, aloof, totally self-contained. It's said that a dog has a master and that a cat has staff. You can see this attitude even in that wild lynx. It ruled! Excellent Hub, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video.

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

How wonderful that you had this experience, you lucky thing you... I feel envious :-)

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mega1 7 years ago Author

thanks very much for reading and enjoying it Ken!

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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thank you for this hub. I enjoyed it a great deal.

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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Cats are so majestic, they are truly beautiful to watch. Thanks for the words and pictures.

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mega1 7 years ago Author

Thanks Paul - yeh tractor ads - if someone buys one of those from the ad here I wonder what that would do for my adsense revenue! heheh -

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Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Nice bobcat photos. I always think it's funny that their are tractor ads on the page.

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mega1 7 years ago Author

I wish it would come back soon - its raining now so I don't expect to see him out there for awhile. It is a marvelous view - its not mine, but I get to enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by.

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I've never seen a bobcat. Lovely creatures! Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. You have a marvelous view!

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mega1 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment mtsi - I hope you do get to see one someday! The bobcat has those little tufts on the tips of his ears and of course a bobbed tail, so you will know when you see one. They are also larger than a house cat. I wouldn't want to get in his way - he could do some damage! But aren't they a joy to watch!

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mtsi1098 7 years ago

I do not think I have ever seen a Bob cat but you are correct - this one looks harmless. I bet the gofer did not feel that way :) ...thanks

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mega1 7 years ago Author

Hi Gus! We have ravens around here too - they always holler at me when I go up to get the paper every morning. For some reason they're more active in the morning. What would the world be without all these beauties, I wonder! Certainly not nearly as wonderful. I have little conversations with them everyday and treasure these moments.

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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Mega1 - Wild critters are really fun to watch and to have around the place. The last time I was in California I watched two different critters - the ground squirrels and the ravens. It is hard for me to say which of the two were the more interesting, but I would probably put my money on the ravens. They were quite special. Gus

mega1 7 years ago

Thanks for the comments elisabeth and Natural Medicine - I am so glad I have HubPages to write about the bobcat and all the other things I think about. Was really lucky to see this bobcat! I think I will never forget watching him.

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Natural Medicine 7 years ago from Midwest USA

Beautiful! Love the white spots on the back of it's ears. I also saw a bobcat once, fleetingly. I remember the first few times I filmed. Don't worry, you'll get better with more practice! How fortunate you've got great subjects in your meadow to practice on :)

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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

enjoyed your pictures and info.. how wonderful for you to live in such a lovely and fascinating place

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