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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:34 pm 
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A weekend encounter while out doing some birding this Saturday...I happened upon a family of bobcats who didn't seem overly spooked at my presence. There was a mom and two cubs...I first noticed her as she was walking away from me towards a clearing:
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Here, one of the cubs steals a look at me while mom sits behind:
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Momma relaxing:
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Then she gave me a glance while the other cub rubbed up against her:
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I love seeing animals like this in the wild - and bobcats can be fairly elusive - this is only the 3rd time this year I've seen them, and only the second time I managed a shot of them - ever!

(all shots Sony A580 & Minolta 300mm F4 APO lens with APOII 1.4x TC)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:24 pm 
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Wonderful shots! I love them! :D

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:13 am 
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Awesome Zack. I havent seen a bobcat since I lived in NW Ontario many years ago.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:55 am 
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Awesome. Would love to see a cropped in shot of the fourth photo. . .

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:26 pm 
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Thank you all. I wish we saw them more often here too - when I first moved to Florida in 1976, bobcats were fairly common sights, but they've given way to massive expansion of civilization...there are far fewer wooded areas left around the cities and suburbs, so most of the bobcats have moved inland to the wetlands and Everglades areas, or north of Lake Okeechobee where there are more wooded scrublands not yet built on. These bobcats were actually in a suburban area, in one of the wetlands reserves set aside for wildlife and birds, right in the middle of a suburban sprawl...there are a few of these now throughout South Florida, and they are oases for bobcats, alligators, raccoons, otters, rabbits, and every kind of bird you can imagine.

Robbon - that shot is a bit of a crop, but I probably have room to go much tighter on the cat's face - maybe I'll try a tight crop and see how it looks.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:32 am 
awesome! must have been so cool coming upon them in the wild :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:48 pm 
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It was, and thank you Adam. Hopefully I'll see them more often...it seems I often have something elusive that I never get to see, and once I've finally spotted it, it stops hiding from me and comes out in the open more often!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:38 pm 
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nice one, I love your bobcat encounters. Great shots.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:28 am 
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Let's see that tight crop! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:11 pm 
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Thanks Max!

Robbon - I will get to that tonight or tomorrow - I don't have much time for photo editing during the week, so it's usually a weekend thing for me!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:20 pm 
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Here you go Robbon - mega-crop! This is cropped more than 75% from the original, so there's probably not a whole lot more room to crop without losing too much of the image quality:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:16 pm 
the original is nice...but wow, that crop makes a big difference. really great shot there man


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I agree, the crop really captures more my attention :)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:06 am 
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Bingo!

Great shot, love the colors and the eyes just say......wild!

I knew it would be awesome. :D thanks !

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:25 pm 
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I love the cropped version as well, great job! Nice set overall.

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