Several people have talked about seeing Bobcats in Estero Americano. Until Wednesday, though, Bobcats had eluded me.

Then, on the paddle back to the car, soon after photographing the deer, three tawny figures moved along the Marin shore.

Predatory animals travel across the ground with a distinctive fluidity quite unlike prey animals such as deer and rabbits which are more prone to bounding than slinking across the landscape.

These three quickly ducked behind coyote brush and disappeared from view.

There was enough time to snap only two photos. My predatory friends were so far away I wondered what might appear in the camera’s memory card—coyotes, maybe? I’d seen Coyotes at the Estero before.

Here’s what appeared:


Camera are a good accessory for a myopic paddler. Two of them zoomed in:bobcats-zoomed

My personal holy grail is a mountain lion. So far, no luck. Someday…..




5 thoughts on “Bobcats

  1. Dan, you have certainly featured on your blog a range of wildlife in your photographs.
    Great shots! They certainly look as though they are on a mission of sorts! I hope the local farmers are tolerant of these beautiful cats.

    I hope when you see your mountain lion you are in your canoe and not on land – especially if the mountain lion is feeling a bit hungry.

  2. Thanks, Alden. I don’t know about the local farmers, but most of them raise cattle, (a few raise sheep) and I don’t think Bobcats go after cows. Don’t know about sheep, but maybe a Bobcat might be interested in a little lamb.

    As for Mountain Lions, I’m sure they’re not welcome in these rangelands as far as the ranchers are concerned. That said, I’d love to see one from the seat of my kayak. They’re big enough I’d be alarmed to see one while having my tea on the shore.

  3. Great shots. Now I have to add bobcats to my list of want-to-sees, which, like yours, contains a mountain lion.

  4. Thank you, Loren. I’m pretty sure that you’ll get some amazing photos of them when your day comes. I sure enjoyed the photos you recently posted of the grizzly bears and the white wolf in Yellowstone.

  5. Enjoyed your stories. Having paddled the Estero Americano over a hundred times in the past 25 years, it is encouraging to see the water clear up and the wildlife doing better. Duck hunting season is torture for those of us choosing serenity in our recreation. May the misty mornings greet you on your paddle.

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