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Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 3 May 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Although this cat looks quite friendly, I would not like to corner it. The Bobcat can be a very mean contender. They are not very large. 1 1/2 times size of a large house cat. This guy was probably just as surprised at seeing me as I was to see it.
He stopped, looked, saw a human and ran away.

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Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great framing, nice dof and colours.

3 May 2009 5:21am

@Zing: Thank you very much.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Good work !

3 May 2009 7:00am

@Marie LC: Thank you Marie.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Beautiful creature but as you state still no doubt dangerous

3 May 2009 7:13am

@P J W Miller: Thank you

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Very special photo. Lovely shot.

3 May 2009 8:48am

@Hidalgo: Thank you very much. Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

absolutely impressed that you were quick enough to catch this great shot

3 May 2009 9:11am

@jamesy: Thank you Debbie. It's interesting, when all wildlife first spots you, they are frozen in time for a second or two. A decision is made. Flee, Defend, or No Danger carry on. This moment is the best time to capture a shot. Your camera always must be ready to do so. Again I say Thank you.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

yes, like Jamesy ! you walk with your camera screwed on your eye ? Fantastic shot

3 May 2009 10:56am

@Veronique: Thank you Veronique. Yes I do. People I know compliment my shots, but have come to realize, my camera is part of me, my third eye. It is always with me.

nestor from la réunion, France

It's a very nice portrait !

3 May 2009 11:23am

@nestor: Thank you. Please visit again.

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

Lee, a fantastic capture of this beautiful animal! I love your dof - simply perfect! I truly am very anvious of your surroundings, but I am very glad that we have you to share this wonderful sight with us :) Enjoy your Sunday!

3 May 2009 11:37am

@Marion: Thank you ever so much Marion. I'm glad to hear your feeleings. This is how I feel about your flower shots. I am still looking at ice on the lake. Not sfae to travel on, but still 9/10ths covered. And I shall enjoy the rest of my day. You have a great one.

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Awesome shot and excellent colours! :)

3 May 2009 12:17pm

@Robert Kruh: Thank you. Please visit again.

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


3 May 2009 12:19pm

@Eleftheria: Thank you.

Baby Sis from Canada

Very nice. Colours do blend well into the forest.

3 May 2009 12:40pm

@Baby Sis: Thanks Shelley.

eva from Rouen, France

Marvelous animal ! wonderful shot !

3 May 2009 1:19pm

@eva: Thank you very much Eva.

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Outstanding capture! I love the way it's almost peeking out from behind the shrubbery.

3 May 2009 1:24pm

@Lesley: Thank you Lesley.

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Excellent capture- I like how the photo is taken through the branches of a tree to capture the elusive bobcat.

3 May 2009 1:31pm

@Bethany: Thank you. Sometimes obstructions work in out favour.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful cat. :)

3 May 2009 1:46pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you.

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

wow, a really great capture. a very good angle, which makes it look bigger than you describe. i love the eyes, so big and the golden colour is so vivid. This cat also has beautiful paws

3 May 2009 2:30pm

@Linda: Thank you.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Your photo is exquisite as is your

3 May 2009 2:54pm

@Lorraine: Thank you Lorraine.

Full Sprint from waterloo, Canada

Wow - this is a brilliant catch and awesome shot ! Bravo !

3 May 2009 3:33pm

@Full Sprint: Thank you very much.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Such a beautiful creature! Excellent composition - this must have been shot very quickly!

3 May 2009 4:37pm

@Sarah: Thank you. Just enough time to grab a couple shots before it disappeared.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Beautifully captured, surprise shot. I would give it room, too.

3 May 2009 5:20pm

@LauraS: Thank you. Yes it is wise to do so.

mats from Texas, United States

She looks softie though. :-) The blurriness of those leaves makes this image like a " got ya!" Thanks for sharing .

3 May 2009 5:51pm

@mats: You are most welcome Mats. And yes, it was a gotcha. I'm just glad it was focused well enough. You would not believe how many shots I take that are not worth showing.

Brett from McAllen, United States

Excellent capture! His look has a mixture of curiosity and forcefulness. Very nice!

3 May 2009 5:52pm

@Brett: Thank you Brett.

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

There's no fear in those eyes, just a healthy distrust of humans (and who can blame him!). Nice framing.

3 May 2009 6:48pm

@Vinman: Thank you very much.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It's great that you were fast enough to get a shot. Well done.

3 May 2009 8:24pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you. My camera is always ready.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

What a great catch....You had to do some split second timing to catch this one.......I would have been too amazed at the encounter to have thought quick enough to raise the camera!!! Nice Job!!

3 May 2009 8:43pm

@Susan: Thank you. You would not believe how many shots I have missed in past years by not being ready. I now have my camera always ready. It's habitual to always 1/2 press my shutter button so the camera does not go to sleep on me. My aperture and shutter speed are always set and ready. The only thing I need to do is tweak the focus ring.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Quite an encouter, lucky you!

3 May 2009 9:11pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you Wolfgang. Thank you very much.

Paul Hartley from Bancroft, Canada

great shot Lee

3 May 2009 9:35pm

@Paul Hartley: Thank you Paul.

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

Oh he's beautiful though and not something we have here so a real treat to see this shot :)

3 May 2009 10:15pm

@Craig@Random Ramblings: Thank you Craig. I'm glad you enjoyed viewing this shot.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Awesome!!! What an amazing capture! Wow! And you got an excellent shot in such a rushed time! :) Extra bonus! Well done.

4 May 2009 2:28am

@Magda: Thank you very much.

The Big Guy from Regina, Canada

One of those shots Lee, right place and right time. Well done...

4 May 2009 4:16am

@The Big Guy: Yes. Thank you very much.

Denise from Perry, United States

You are amazing to have captured this!

4 May 2009 9:28am

@Denise: Thanks Denise.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

saw you and ran away but not before you managed to take a great photograph! Good job!

4 May 2009 12:06pm

@Elora: Thank you very much.

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

you sure do get a nice variety of wildlife - glad you were able to snap off a shot before he ran (or pounced :)

4 May 2009 7:55pm

@Jason Kravitz: Thank you Jason. Living where I do is wonderful. It is a small community with open wilderness surrounding it. It makes for a wildlife photographers dream.

JanW from Netherlands

Very good, you must have react quickly....

4 May 2009 7:55pm

@JanW: Thank you. Yes I did. My camera is always ready.

wickedful from Vancouver, Canada

My goodness that is an amazing view of the bobcat! I love your wildlife pictures! I've only got a few shots of wildlife when I went on vacation to Alberta, Canada and wish I took more!! Will be coming here a lot to see what else you took pictures of!!

6 May 2009 3:08pm

@wickedful: Thank you very much for the large compliment. Please do visit often.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic finding! A lucky shot I guess... :) This wild cat is beautiful, and he's very similar to one we have here (almost extinct, unfortunatelly) in the Iberian Peninsula, that is the Iberian Lynx. I have a project to find and photograph this specie.
Let me congratulate you about your portfolio. Phenomenal. I'm also an apassionate of wild life and nature, so I've been sucking every single photo of yours.
And I'll add you to my favourites blog watch!

7 May 2009 2:38pm

@Rui: Thank you very much. That is a large compliment from you. I accept it most humbly. Good luck in photographing the Iberian Lynx. I hope I get to see a Shot of it from you. Thank you for adding my site to your blog watch.

Véro from Peisey-Nancroix, France

Wonderfull picture ! One can feel the distrust in its glance.

10 May 2009 3:34pm

@Véro: Thank you. The eyes always tell the truth.