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Bobcat

Lynx rufus

Description:

From National Geographic: Bobcats, sometimes called wildcats, are roughly twice as big as the average housecat. They have long legs, large paws, and tufted ears similar to those of their larger relative, the Canada lynx. Most bobcats are brown or brownish red with a white underbelly and short, black-tipped tail. The cat is named for its tail, which appears to be cut or "bobbed."

Habitat:

Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, FL. Bobcats have an extreme adaptability to almost any environment. This one was found in a marshy swampland with alligators and wading birds like herons and egrets in abundance. It was hunting wading birds along a lake shore (about 5 feet from the shore in these photos). A cypress tree and some knees can be seen in the photos as well.

Notes:

My 500th spotting on Project Noah! This one is special to me. On my third trip to this animal reserve, I was fortunate enough to see one of the most elusive animals that can be seen in this area. Friends of mine have hiked this reserve for years and never seen one. It was hunting wading birds right along the lakeshore and I was able to take these pictures through the brush from only about 10 feet away. I would have loved a truly clean picture but didn't want to disturb it any more than I already had.

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5 Comments

Gabe39
Gabe39 5 years ago

Wow!

Musicwolf
Musicwolf 6 years ago

merrypoppins77 - it literally crossed the hiking trail I was on and then went down the bank to the lakeshore. Purely a case of being at the right place at the right time. If I hadn't seen it moving, I would have walked this close to it without ever even seeing it.

Fyn Kynd - thank you for the nomination! I would be honored if I was selected.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

GeckoDragon
GeckoDragon 6 years ago

Congrats! How get that close to it!?

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats on the bobcat, always exciting to see!

Musicwolf
Spotted by
Musicwolf

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 2, 2015
Submitted on Jan 16, 2015

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