Here in North Scottsdale we are blessed with wild life. Deer, Bobcats, Javeline, Coyotes, to mention a few. Most of what we see is within the background of the beautiful Sonoran Desert.
We were so lucky to shoot this elusive Bobcat with a camera (photo) and wanted to share a really cute face with you.
Working in our Scottsdale real estate home office we have windows that face the Natural Area Open Space (NAOS) and during mid day we spotted a Bobcat walking toward our house toward the pathway along side of our hours. A picture through the window was out of the question because of the sunscreens so I grabbed the camera and ran to the end of the house where the Bobcat was walking.
As quickly as it saw me it turned to run in the opposite direction. Out of desperation to get the shot I actually said, "Kitty, Kitty" and to my astonishment she stopped and turned to look at me. I had to take a quick shot and didn't get the quality that I was looking for but did get what you see. (True Story) These kitties are usually found in the Southwest. The bobcat is larger than a domestic cat, and has a short tail and ears with short tufts at the tips that look a lot like feathers.
We have a couple of adults that live close by or at least we think they live close because we see them frequently. Their coat is yellowish tan with scattered dark spots making for a beautiful cat. Bobcat's can weighs from 20 to 45 pounds. They are timid around humans and usually move in the opposite direction when they see you.. The bobcat is supposed to be chiefly nocturnal, but we always see them during morning or midday and it's always a treat.
One of our neighbors had a close encounter when he left his garage door open. The adult bobcat was in the garage when he came out and quickly vacated the premise when Jim returned from getting his mail. He said it gave him a start and that he was not about to leave his garage door open anymore.
We saw a bobcat taking a break on top of a tall Saguaro Cactus. We have no idea how he made it up this twenty-foot cactus without damaging his feet on the cactus barbs. He did seem very content on his perch. They are truly beautiful creatures.
(Photo on left by Curt Fonger)
The bobcat was trying to get away from a mountain lion that was stalking it, explains the photographer Curt Fonger. He darted up a 40-foot saguaro, and there he stayed for the remainder of the day. The photos were captured in Gold Canyon, on the foot of the Superstition Mountains.
If you would like to share your Arizona wild life photos we would love to share them with all of our readers. Isn't Arizona great!
Jeff Daley is a decorated Vietnam Veteran that supports veterans and veteran issues when possible.