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Lynx canadensis

Photographed at the Muskoka Wildlife Centre near Orillia, Ontario on a workshop by Raymond J. Barlow (, using a Nikon D90 and an 18-200 mm Nikkor lens.

The Canada Lynx is one of three cats that inhabit Canada’s boreal forest. These seldom seen creatures are smaller in comparison to the Cougar and slightly larger than the Bobcat. They are primarily found throughout Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland and in the forested areas of northern New Brunswick.

Defining characteristics of the Lynx are the long “tufts” of fur on the ears, longer back legs than the Bobcat and large paws covered in thick, coarse hair and toes that spread out and function much like snowshoes on snow. These large paws allow the Lynx to live in a more northerly habitat than the Bobcat, allowing it to hunt in deep snow, which reduces competition for food. Since the Canada Lynx cannot run fast, it must stalk and ambush its prey at close proximity.

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I’m a self-taught wildlife and nature photographer based in Toronto, Canada. An affinity for the wonders of the natural world, along with a healthy respect for our environment, has stayed with me since I was young and I have endeavored to express that passion through my work.

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  • tanmari
    tanmarialmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful animal, and what an intense gaze. You must have been quite close to it! Lovely work!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic capture Nancy! Interesting ears!! Oh, those paws!::))…Mary

  • Thank you, Mary!! :)

    – Nancy Barrett

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture of the lynx in the snow,,,well done,,,Rick

  • Thank you for that, Rick!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    1 image per day / March 15, 2011 / Limit 20

    Great capture!

  • Thanks so much, Konstantinos!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, Fantastic capture Nancy

  • Thank you, Colin!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • Raymond J Barlow
    Raymond J Barlowalmost 4 years ago

    what a great shot!! congrats!

  • Thank you, Ray! One of my favourites from that shoot!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffealmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Featured March 19 2011. Great image!!!

  • Thank you so much for the lovely feature, Sue!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • jozi1
    jozi1almost 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot

  • Thanks, Jozi!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • Gail Falcon
    Gail Falconalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!!

  • I appreciate that, Gail!

    – Nancy Barrett

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature amazing work.

  • Thank you for the congrats, Andrea!

    – Nancy Barrett

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