Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

November 1, 2009

Bobcat Excitement at Boyce

Filed under: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, favorite places, light, rarities, technique — richditch @ 2:28 pm

 

Bobcat at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Bobcat at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

I’ve rushed this image and post since I know many of my readers will want to see this.

I went birding at Boyce Thompson Arboretum this morning, hoping to relocate the vagrant Eastern Phoebe and White-throated Sparrow that my friend Brendon had discovered there on Saturday 10/31/09. I couldn’t find either bird but I had a good time with what I did see, including three Crissal Thrashers in two locations.

While watching one of the thrashers bathe in the spray from the irrigation system around 10 am I heard a low noise behind and was thrilled to find a bobcat moving through the bushes not far away. It was so close that I couldn’t get the whole cat in the frame with 600mm so I settled for for 3/4 head shots! I thought I was done when the bobcat moved on so I spent 15 minutes showing the Crissal Thrasher and other birds to a small group of birders in the area.

Then I walked about 50 feet to the other side of the hedgerow and found the bobcat resting under the other side of the shrub. I took a few frames with the 300 and 2x, then puled off the converter and shot the 300/2.8 alone, even adding my SB-800 flash for some of the shots to help control the spotty light and allow more depth of field. This is along the main trail opposite the Herb Garden, between markers #36 and #37.

This is one of the many frames I took. Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-s lens, SB-800 flash, ISO 400. It is a very quick jpeg conversion from the raw file without any adjustments in conversion.

See results of another Bobcat Encounter I had in AZ.

 

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6 Comments »

  1. Absolutely beautiful. What a great encounter.

    Comment by Cathy P. — November 1, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Great shots, rich — and thanks for sharing a JPG. I just posted a note our BTA’s facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum, which i hope brings a few readers & fans to your site!

    Comment by paul@BTA — November 1, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  3. This is awesome! What an awesome sighting! I’m heading to BTA soon too; I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled and my fingers crossed.

    Comment by Kim Hosey (AZ Writer) — November 1, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

  4. This is awesome! What an awesome sighting! I’m heading to BTA soon too; I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled and my fingers crossed.
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

    Comment by Kim Hosey (AZ Writer) — November 2, 2009 @ 7:39 am

  5. We were at the BTA on 10/24 and saw the bobcat cruising down the wash as we walked over the bridge. Pretty cool. Great pics, as always!

    Comment by Robin McEntire — November 2, 2009 @ 8:55 am

  6. Rich,

    This is plain amazing! Big congrats on getting the images and for seeing such a beautiful creature.

    Comment by Mia — November 2, 2009 @ 7:35 pm


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