A Pair of Ears - Jimmy Breitenstein

A Pair of Ears

I poked my head around the reeds, and saw a pair of ears sticking up from the grass not 50 feet away. Finally, a chance for a picture of what I had been hoping for!


I had spent the last few days looking to find and photograph a wild Bobcat. I had seen a few, but the brief sightings hadn't yielded any usable pictures. Wanting to mix up the routine of "get close and fail" that my week had turned into, I decided to shift my focus to some River Otters I had seen in the area. I started my morning scanning the water, looking for signs of these semi-aquatic mammals. It wasn't long before I caught a quick glimpse of one along the water's edge. I quickly gathered my things and headed in that direction. By the time I had reached the area where I had seen the Otter, it seemed to be long gone. Scanning the ground, I realized it was completely littered with tracks. This seemed like a heavily used area, so I decided to play the waiting game. I hid myself, with my back to some reeds and waited. And waited. Hours passed and still nothing. Storm clouds rolled in; the light drizzle turned into a full on downpour and I still waited. I wasn't going to let Mother Nature win this round! The rain finally let up and there I was, still waiting. Nothing was happening in front of me, so I decided to check behind. I poked my head around the reeds, and saw a pair of ears sticking up from the grass not 50 feet away. A Bobcat! Hoping it hadn't seen or heard me, I slowly changed positions and setup my camera and tripod. I waited for maybe 10 minutes, finally, it crested a small rise in the ground and began to approach. The click of my camera must have sparked its curiosity, as it actually kept coming! Finally it paused, looked my way one last time and then disappeared into the vegetation. I didn't see it again, but I finally had a decent picture of a Bobcat!

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