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The Heat Makes Me Sleepy

The Heat Makes Me Sleepy
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-08-24 7:14
Viewed: 3437
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Tucson weatherman was disappointed yesterday. He was hoping we would set a new record for the day but the thermometer stopped at 106F. Maybe he'll have better luck today.

This Bobcat wandered into our backyard at dinner time. As you can see he made himself quite comfortable. There is a full face shot in the workshop.

Arizona Bobcats

Although their numbers are declining because humans encroach their natural habitat, bobcats are Arizona's most common wild feline, outnumbering the mountain lion. The bobcat is a medium-size cat weighing 12 to 30 pounds with an average adult length of 2 to 2.5 feet. They are incredibly beautiful creatures that exist in varied colors from orange to gray with black markings similar to a domestic tabby cat. Their undersides are whitish and they have pointed ears with tufts at the end. A bobcat's tail is relatively short at about 5 inches which accounts for its name, "bobcat." They are often called "wildcats" as well.

Bobcats are timid and typically avoid human contact, but do not let their relatively small size fool you. They are tremendously strong and can bring down a small deer. They can become ferocious when challenged, so never approach a bobcat. Although they may look like a very large and friendly domestic cat, they can inflict serious harm with large claws and teeth.

Bobcats are very territorial and are generally seen alone although groups may consist of mating pairs, siblings and mothers with kittens. They will defend a territory of 1 to 12 square miles. Bobcats are nocturnal and most active from sunset to near sunrise when they are hunting. Their diet consists of rabbits, rats, mice and small wild game but are known to stalk and kill larger game including small deer.

It takes a bobcat about two years to mature to breeding age. The breeding season is generally late winter to early spring. The bobcat's gestation period is usually 50 to 60 days and give birth of one to three kittens. The female bobcat raises its kittens alone and nurses them for about two months before teaching them how to hunt.

Bobcats are found throughout Arizona at all elevations and landscape from the desert to rocky and forested areas. Since neighborhoods are continually expanding into wildlife territory, it is not unusual to find bobcats lounging and napping in home backyards under bushes and vegetation.


lousat, PeterZ, Silvio2006, KOMSIS, siggi, Luis52, tuslaw, rousettus, eqshannon, Pitoncle, maurydv, Argus, Dis. Ac. has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-24 7:20]

Hi Jane,2 beautiful pics,very interesting and a little humorous.It's very very warm in my country too,38 degrees celsius in this moment...i stay at home,not in the fileds to take pics..ehehe....my best compliments for these pics token whit the usual magnificent quality and timing,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-24 7:43]

Hello Jane,
How nice to see a new photo from you. Two very beautiful photos of a Bobcat. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Your garden wall is always a nice BG.
And what a heath! That's more than 41 degrees Celcius. Here in Holland it's cool and rainy for weeks now. A very wet Summer.

Hello Jane!
Dear friend, it's good to hear from you again!
Wow, I see are a extreme heat in Arizona! 106F wow! This is a fine specimen of wild cat, I am amazed that get this into your backyard! ... Here are some wildcats like this, but ours are not usually so confident and only can see ath nights when are stealing some chickens or other poultry!
Nice shot, very eloquent!... Whit these heat climate, surely this cat wish save much energy!

PD: I like a lot the cat's pose in teh WS! Congratualtions!

Ciao Jane, great capture of lovely bobcat in nice pose, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-24 8:18]

Hi Jane,
Excellent capture ..
Very nice timing. Wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-24 9:35]

Hello Jane,
a fine pov and good sharp detail. Nice close composition with very good sharp.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-08-24 10:01]

Hola Prima!!
Glad to see Your photos here cousin. I know how hard is to live in desert lands with to high and to low teperatures, but the beauty pays for it.
Lovely Bobcat, I have seen them in wild a lot of times here to, they are beautiful little? cats Your note is also very interesting to read for peaple who think that wild animals are friendly.
TFS Cousin

hello Jane
great to see this beauty real in your garden
good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Jane
Impressive animal and interesting behavior. Beautiful photo.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-08-24 17:52]

Hi Jane,

Amazing crisp composition of this Bobcat. Our woodlands also have a healthy population of this wildcat ... but they are rarely seen near to civilization - let alone having a siesta on one's masonry.

Perfect timing in more ways than one!



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-24 19:07]

Hello Jane,
What a wonderful sight to see from your own patio. I would be thrilled just to see one in the wild, let alone close up and personal like this little beauty.
You captured this particular cat in a fine pose, as it yawns during siesta time. Excellent detail color and white balance achieved. Truly an attractive animal from your area of Arizona. Well done!!

Hi Jane
what a nice capture of sleepy Bobcat. It is very similar to Lynx here and both of them very pretty. your shot great with sharp focus, POV and timing too. nicely composed and presented. thanks for sharing. all the best

Ya been missin? I know I have. In your shot here we have a nice blend of patterns tht actually compliment each other. And of course the yawn. What more can one say

Bonjour Jane,
Tu as eu beaucoup de chance de pouvoir photographier cet animal sauvage si près des habitations !!!
La profondeur de champ n'est pas excellente mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien valorisé, à l'instant décisif, dans une très belle et originale attitude.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hallo Jane,
both pictures are very beautiful, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, nice composition
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-25 11:47]

Hello Jane,
A bobcat in your backyard!! WoW
I would give anything to have one coming into ours but the nearest of the European species in Sweden is about 200 miles away and they are very shy and hard to find.
So you can imagine my amazement at this. Not only that but he looks quite relaxed, perhaps because of the heat, and you caught him from a fine POV with excellent sharpness and colours with the white wall making a good contrasting BG.
Thanks for sharing this,

Hello Jane,

an fantastic shot my friend.
Good pov and sharpness and when i look to his beak i get also sleep.
fine colors.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-27 23:23]

Hello Jane,
very exciting capture in the special moment. The bobcat is such a new creature to me. Very nice colours and features well shown.
Lovely composition in good contrast.


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