Before accepting the job at Point Reyes, I spent some time acquainting myself with bird and mammal species seen at the park. I was quite pleased to see that Bobcats were on the list. In fact, Point Reyes is one of the better locations for Bobcat photography.

Ok, it isn’t like there is one behind every bush. I had about 3-4 Bobcat sightings from late June thru August. All sightings had been a quick glance while heading into work or while at work. That is, until this week.

After work on Monday September 9th, I hiked out to Abbott’s Lagoon in search of shorebirds and River Otters. Disappointingly, none were seen in my proximity. So, I decided to return to the parking lot and look for other wildlife. Within ½ mile of leaving the parking lot, I spotted a Bobcat. And, it was quite cooperative. Eventually, he made his way up to the road and crossed in front of me.

A Bobcat in the open grasslands. Note the short tail and the black tufts of hair at the top of the ears. Sony a9 + 100-400mm lens & 1.4x teleconverter @560 mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.

I am convinced that Bobcats see a lot more tourists than tourists see Bobcats. I am just as sure that Bobcats see me a lot more frequently than I see them. They can be a real challenge to spot. Some fellow photographers, whom I have met here, gave me a couple of suggestions of where to look for Bobcats. My second Bobcat sighting on Friday September 13th of this week was about 4 ½ miles north of the first sighting. I just caught a glimpse of it through the weeds.

This was my second Bobcat sighting of the week. They can be hard to spot but a lot of slow driving and careful scanning can pay off. Keep in mind that this view is magnified over 10x of what the naked eye can see. Sony a9 + 100-400mm lens & 1.4x teleconverter @560 mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1600. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.

I stayed with the Bobcat for a while. I was saddened to see that it was limping, favoring its right front leg. It walked parallel to the road. Eventually, the blue water of Tomales Bay filled the background.

Bobcat with the blue water of Tomales Bay in the background. Sony a9 + 100-400mm lens & 1.4x teleconverter @560 mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1000. ©Stanley Buman. All Rights Reserved.

Two Bobcat photo opportunities in one week made for a great week.