Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wait . . . What? Bobcat? Yes!

I love the view from my screened porch.  I can watch the birds at the feeder, the baby squirrels and their antics in the trees, and the plethora of bunnies taking care of my country weeds without having to deal with mosquitoes.  Tonight I was checking out an especially large bunny with my binoculars when I noticed something odd in the yard that seemed new.  At first I thought it might be an old tree stump newly exposed by all the rain we have had here lately.  Upon closer inspection I found it to be far more interesting.

It was a juvenile bobcat and he had his sights on my big bunny.  Once I realized what it was and what was happening, I grabbed the closest camera I had and started taking pictures.

Unfortunately I had two things going against my ability to get any really good pictures.  One: I was shooting through a screen.  Not great for getting good focus.

Two: my telephoto lens was on my other camera which was in my car.  I just couldn't risk going out to get it and missing any chance at a shot if he got spooked and ran off.

I did get to watch the drama play out.  The bobcat made his move and lunged at the bunny and a short chase ensued, but the spry guy was too fast and made it safety across the yard and into the bushes.

Not too worried about "Bob" losing out on a meal.  He looked well fed compared to the others we have seen in the yard.  Just a juvenile, about 20-25 pounds I'd guess.

I stepped out on the porch to see if I could get some better photos, but he spotted me and meandered on down the hill apparently not a fan of paparazzi.

He did give me one last glance before disappearing into the creek.

I sure hope he comes back at a time when my best camera and lens are ready.  With the number of bunnies and squirrels right now, I think there is a good chance.

You may also like these shots of wildlife in my neighborhood.  Click on the links below.

A Fortuitous Glance  Red Shouldered Hawk
6 Good Reasons  Deer
bob-WHITE  Bob White Quail
2 Welcome Guests and 100 Pests   Tree Frog
Cold Blooded Beauties   Coral, Rat, Corn, Timber Rattler, and Copperhead Snakes
Something New  Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker
Name That Tune   Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
I Finally Did It!  Texas Pocket Gopher

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Number 55: Purtis Creek State Park

It has been a rainy, stormy spring so far around here, but you just can't let a little bad weather keep you from enjoying the beautiful Texas State Parks.  This last weekend we headed up to Dallas to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday, but stopped at Purtis Creek State Park on our way home.

The park was swarming with police from all over the area including many State Troopers.  Not sure what they were doing there (not surpirsed if they numbered 250 or more),

We had noticed on the ride to the park that the area had been hit hard the night before by severe storms.  Many trees were down and hail damage was evident all over the place.  Leaves shredded by hail littered the trails.

Not sure how much rain they received, but it was running down the trail making for a muddy trek.

There is a lake stocked with fish, but we were scouting for bald eagles.  Yes, I am still on my quest to see one in the wild.  Unfortunately, we had no luck this day.

I mentioned the storm damage, right?  It must have been a tense night for those in tents at the remote campsites.

Funny thing I didn't realize while we were there, but we usually see a lot of wildflowers this time of year, but this park had very few.

This is the last wet trail photo I promise.  But seriously, the whole hike was like this.

The lake's water level was up significantly.  The little fish were swimming in the grass which a few hours earlier was on dry land.

I think the creek must have run right over this bridge at some point over night.

The wildlife must have been shell shocked.  We heard and saw very few birds and only a few critters of any kind.  This hornet was drying out its wings when I spotted it.

This trumpet vine was my favorite shot of the day.  My vine at home is in bloom waiting for the hummingbirds.

When the sun came out in the last half of our hike so did the turtles.  Not cuddly and soft, but cute nonetheless.

Nice little park if you fish or boat, but I prefer longer hiking trails.