Readers’ wildlife videos

I am having trouble braining today, so posting may be light. But there are two videos filling the wildlife slot. The first comes from Tara Tanaka in Florida (vimeo site here, flickr site here), who took some video of Bob the Bobcat, whose picture I posted yesterday. It’s not clear to either of us, though, whether “Bob” may be “Bobbie”, as the sex of this cat hasn’t been definitively determined.  Here are Tara’s notes, and I recommend you enlarge the video to its fullest:

I looked out the window and saw Bob in a trail that goes from our yard to the swamp. I tried to slip quietly out the back door onto the deck, but the sound of the door opening alerted him. He watched me as I walked slowly across the deck, gently put the tripod down, and squatted behind it. I started videoing him, and at first he just watched me, but soon he got up, stretched (check out his racing stripes!), and began walking toward me with his head lowered and mouth open. The closer he got and the more clearly I could see his teeth, the more I wondered if being so low in the sights of such a large bobcat was the best idea. It was quite a relief when he made his turn into the yard. He kept walking at the same speed, marking the bushes every 25′ or so until he was out of sight.

Note the spraying at 36 seconds in. You’ll recognize the title of the video from the song by The Clash:

As I said, the video feature of my point and shoot camera seems to be on the fritz, but I found this video of the ducklings foraging among the lily pads taken on May 20: three weeks ago. How they’ve grown. Honey makes a token appearance toward the end.

11 Comments

  1. Posted June 11, 2018 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Now I see why the stage that models walk down is called the “catwalk”.

    • Taskin
      Posted June 11, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking supermodel while watching this too 🙂

  2. Posted June 11, 2018 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Your “kids” are precious!

    • BJ
      Posted June 11, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      That video of Bob is one of the most marvelous of anything I’ve ever seen. Wow!

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted June 11, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Bob is very handsome. Not being aggressive, just watchful. I suppose reasons for an open mouth are to help keep cool, and maybe to maximize detection of scents.

  4. W.T. Effingham
    Posted June 11, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    If I go, there will be trouble. If I stay, there will be double. Determining whether to bolt for shelter or to hold still enough to avoid hazardous situations can involve plenty of variables.

  5. allison
    Posted June 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    The bobcat video is amazing!

  6. Taskin
    Posted June 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous video, stunning bobcat. I notice the chickadee sounds in the background. I wonder if it was reacting to Bob or something else.

  7. Lars
    Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    You can see why the specific name of this species is rufus.
    Quite a bit of difference in coat colour and thickness from the bobcats in my area (Alberta).

  8. Posted June 11, 2018 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I was walking my dog in pinewoods in central Florida when we caught up with a bobcat walking calmly down the path away from us. My dog (a spitting image of Cyrus) took three joyful bounds forward and the bobcat turned and glared at him and the dog went into immediate reverse and bravely stood as close to me as possible. Bobcat just kept walking.

  9. Andrea Kenner
    Posted June 12, 2018 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful cat! And watching those ducklings is always a treat!


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