Bobcats through the trees


Alberta Bobcat Lynx - © Christopher Martin-8851

There has been a bobcat and her kitten spotted several times over the past month in the forest that wraps around the community of Redwood Meadows.  The mixed forest and light snow provide excellent cover for these medium-sized cats so they can disappear without notice which makes actively searching them out a challenge.  Up until yesterday, I had yet to see either of our native lynx species, the Canada lynx and the bobcat, in the wild.  The mother was tawny almost having a tiger’s colouring when it slipped into the shadows when its kit had caught up and they went deeper into the woods.

Bobcat prowl - © Christopher Martin-8857

Driving into Redwood in mid-afternoon, we saw a cat crossing the road.  Nothing unusual until we drew a bit closer and realized it was much larger than a house cat and its spotted coat and bobbed tail indicated it was a lynx of one type or the other.  The reddish-tawny colouring was unlike any Lynx images that I have seen but a lack of direct experience saw me do a bit of research to confirm the identification.  The prominent spotting, colouring and white/black tip on the tail ruled out Canada Lynx leaving me sure that I had spent a bit of time with two beautiful bobcats.

Bobcat kitten - © Christopher Martin-8860

I couldn’t be more pleased to have had this opportunity to see this pair and in my own town.

Alberta Bobcat Lynx - © Christopher Martin-8853

15 responses

  1. Pingback: A bobcat in the grass | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. What gorgeous creatures.

    I wish you a bright and wonderful New Year, Chris.

    December 30, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    • Thank you Lisa – Happy New Year to you and yours. I too wish you a great 2015.



      December 31, 2014 at 10:09 am

  3. Wow fascinating! Great photos Chris.

    December 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  4. GordN

    That’s great! How lucky

    December 29, 2014 at 9:28 am



    December 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

  6. You were so lucky to get such clear shots. Nice work!

    December 29, 2014 at 7:15 am

  7. Frazee

    nice shots

    December 29, 2014 at 4:09 am

  8. OyiaBrown

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    December 29, 2014 at 3:28 am

  9. What a precious find!

    December 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  10. Excellent captures…

    December 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  11. I have tried multiple times to email your wonderful photos to a friend only to be stopped by the stuff I have to type to prove that I am not a machine. I admit that I have trouble with such tasks, but usually after two or three tries I succeed. No luck on your site. I then have to forward the email I receive notifying me that you have a new post. Just wondering if other followers have had this problem.

    December 28, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    • Try just copying the url and pasting it in a normal email. Sometimes old school is easier 🙂

      December 29, 2014 at 5:05 am

    • Hi Jo Ann – I would copy the URL as Knotrune suggested. There shouldn’t be any blocks or proving that will hold you back. I appreciate you sharing my work – I hope it stops being such a pain to do.



      December 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  12. Wow your skill’s right on target

    December 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

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