Around the Neighborhood 3: Roberta

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife


July 13, 2019, Back Deck. Roberta was born about two years ago and we’ve been watching her grow since she was a kitten. She comes around every six weeks or so, patrols the yard, and moves on. Sometimes she looks inside and watches us. More often she gives the house a wide berth.

Last week she walked by about thirty feet away, heading for the steps on the deck. I grabbed the beast, confirmed that I was in spot-metering mode, opened the French door, and framed the shot. Once framed, I said, “kitty kitty kitty” and shot as she turned and gave me a look. The look said, “I am not a domestic cat. Don’t ‘kitty kitty kitty’ me.”

And with a twitch of the tail, she sauntered away.

How do I know she’s a she? I don’t, but everything I’ve read says that a two-year-old male bobcat would be larger than this one’s approximate fourteen-inch shoulder height. So, rightly or wrongly, it’s Roberta.

(Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR zoom. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 2.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. What a wonderful post.. I was so amazed that a bobcat visits your property! I don’t recall your situation, are you right by a wilderness area?

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  2. I am sure that there is a bobcat or two around here, but I haven’t seen one yet. In the woods yes and once in our parking lot at work. This is a nice portrait and not one photographers get to make very often. Congratulations.

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    • Thank you very much. We tend to take these creatures for granted. These comments are reminding me that we shouldn’t. We are very lucky to have her in our midst.


    • We are indeed fortunate. And we are a very short drive from even more wild. There are mountain lions in the hills. My wife has seen one, but I have not.


    • Thank you very much, Robert. As I have said to the others, this is a reminder of how fortunate we are. Although I could do without the coyotes prowling the neighborhood and waking us up with their cries at 5:30 in the morning.

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  3. What a fine portrait of a creature that tends to be elusive here. I find prints from time to time, but have yet to see the bobcat itself. The closest I’ve come probably was the day I found prints in sandy soil that hadn’t yet begun to dry. I suspect the cat saw me that day.

    Roberta, and your mention of the mountain lions, reminded me of this song, which I suspect you know.

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    • Thank you very much. She certainly is beautiful, despite her disapproving expression. Thank you for the link. First time I’ve heard that in many many years. Coincidently, I had “Tom Dooley,” from the same era, as an earworm last weekend.

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