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A Bobcat image…Finally! I went birding with my friend Dali on the 30th of December which would be my last birding adventure for 2017. We went to an area not too far from home that we hadn’t been to in a year. While on the way out of the area and headed to lunch b/c the birds had gone quiet, and hunkered down well into the foliage out of sight Dali spotted this Bobcat.
I was so excited and had been looking for one or it when we went through this area coming in, because way back in the winter of 2011 Dali and I saw a Bobcat here, and it was right in my sights, but I missed the shot because my lens then was the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 which was slow and would hunt in poor light. My lens just would not find focus, and by the time I switched to manual focus all I managed to get were blurry butt shots of the retreating Bobcat. It was then I decided I had to move up to the 300mm f/4 prime lens. Missed shots like this due to a hunting lens was unacceptable! Needless to say, every time I’ve birded this area since I’ve looked for the, or a Bobcat sans success…that is, until the 30th of December 2017. 6 years of hoping to see a Bobcat again in this area!
This Bobcat just like that day in 2011 was under the canopy of Oak trees and well shaded but, unlike that day my kit today is the 200-500mm lens, and the formidable D810 camera which together were able to attain focus so, I was able to fire off 4 shots before the Bobcat got behind the foliage and out of sight. However all was not perfect…all four images were metered for a brighter environment so, they were all under exposed. I didn’t delete them. Actually, I never delete “in camera” for fear of corrupting my card. I hoped I would be able to bring up the exposure enough in Photoshop and save the images especially since the Bobcat did turn and look at me for two of those four shots!
If I haven’t told you before how much I like Photoshop let me tell you now. I LIKE PHOTOSHOP! I was able bring back nearly two stops of light, and with some noise reduction have a “keeper” instead of having to delete the images again.
Was this the very same Bobcat? Probably not, but maybe its offspring. 🙂 Either way I’m a very happy camper with this shot, and my last birding excursion of 2017. Oh yes, we did see birds. Lots of Hawks, Sparrows, and a Says Phoebe are the most notable birds, but the highlight for me was long awaited re sighting of the Bobcat. I sure hope that bodes well for a stellar 2018 wildlife/birding year.
Here’s a link about the North American Bobcat from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Oh, three more things; 1) you may have noticed I have changed my blog theme, and hope you’re all able to view and read my posts sans problemes. My old theme was no longer supported, and I was having some issues with it for sometime. Then I created a “sticky” post back in week 41 of 2017 and couldn’t figure out how I did it or undo that until week 51 or so when I had given up trying to fix that and tried new themes. For now this is the theme I’m rollin’ with. Let me know in the comments if it’s working for you please.
2) while driving home from Baby Girl’s this evening I decided on my Project 52 theme for this year. Yes, I’m going to do another one. It motivates me, and gets me out of the house with my favorite tool…my camera. This year’s theme I’m calling Wild Wednesday. I have plenty of wildlife images marinating in my archives in case I get stuck indoors, but I plan to get out to make many more new images, and not all things wild are animals. 🙂
3) My Header: It’s an image I made back on Jan. 1, 2011 of Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite National Park. That was a stellar Photography Trip with Dear Friends Dali, Alex, and Theresa. We’re way overdue for another Annual New Year’s Trip. Just sayin. 🙂
I raise my glass and toast; Here’s to a good photographic year! 🙂
Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm @f/8|ISO 1000| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018
more to come…