Sometimes I get lucky…….

It is always nice to be at the right place at the right time.  Case in point.  Ann and I were prowling through Spring Creek Park, trawling for bird photo opportunites.  As we neared the fence line separating the park property from the wooded area we spotted movement which proved to be a bobcat moving deeper into the woods.  I stopped our Ford Escape and tried to get a better look.  The cat stopped about thirty-five yards into the brush, turned and peered back at me.  I could see his head, which was surrounded with branches, twigs, etc.  I started to drive on, thinking there was no way I could get a photo.  But I changed my mind and stopped the car again.  By resting my Canon 70D with the Tamron 150-600mm lens on the driver’s side window, I could barely get the center focus point on his head.  I pressed the shutter and hoped for the best.  Here is the result.  I hope you like it.



Exposure was 1/1000 sec @ f6.3,  ISO 2500, 600mm.

45 thoughts on “Sometimes I get lucky…….

  1. What an awesome shot, Bob!! That is fantastic! We see bobcat from time to time in the north woods, but usually it is a quick glimpse before they disappear into the brush. One time we saw two in one evening, which was memorable even without getting a photo. Congrats on your “luck”!!

    • Thanks, Amy. We seldom get to see them here, but as you say, just quick glimpses. This one did disappear into the brush, but he turned around and stared at me through the leaves and branches. I was able to take advantage of that little “peek”. Glad you liked it.

  2. Beautiful! I have a huge soft spot for cats of all sizes. Thanks for posting this photo…and I think your kind of luck comes with practice! This bobcat seems interested in what Bob was doing! hugs

  3. Great photo…we had a bobcat in our neighborhood a few years back…loved to watch him. He loved our on the ground bird bath…. the turkeys, and the foxes (and probably the raccoons, etc. ) like the one on the ground.

  4. Beautiful. I had him lazily walk across 6 ft away fro my stopped jeep. Of course i missed the picture. Annette M

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. I think this is a case where you’ve made your luck. You’ve invested in photo gear that will take advantage of an opportunity, and you’re out and about often enough so that opportunities present themselves to you. Great shot! I’ve seen bobcats crossing the road in front of me at night while driving, but I’ve never seen one during daylight hours.

  6. Wow! I can’t tell you how many hundreds, if not thousands, of miles I have walked in the woods of Texas, Colorado and New Mexico and I have *never* seen a bobcat, mountain lion, etc.

    What luck and what a terrific shot, Bob!

  7. The old adage says, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” This just shows how hard you have worked at your craft. Beautiful shot of this (Bob)cat, Bob—luck or not.

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