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Bobcat, eyes fixated on a prey… Close-up (crop)
Photo made in Burgers Zoo Arnhem, the Netherlands
Copyright © 2011 Steppeland – All rights reserved


For description and technical info, please scroll down.


Description
(Source: Wikipedia )
The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a North American mammal of the cat family Felidae. With twelve recognized subspecies, it ranges from southern Canada to northern Mexico, including most of the continental United States. The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas, as well as semi-desert, urban edge, forest edges, and swampland environments. It persists in much of its original range and populations are healthy.

Though the bobcat prefers rabbits and hares, it will hunt anything from insects and small rodents to deer. Prey selection depends on location and habitat, season, and abundance. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and largely solitary, although there is some overlap in home ranges. It uses several methods to mark its territorial boundaries, including claw marks and deposits of urine or faeces. The bobcat breeds from winter into spring and has a gestation period of about two months.
The elusive predator features in Native American mythology and the folklore of European settlers.

Endangered
Although bobcats have been hunted extensively by humans, both for sport and fur, their population has proven resilient.
The Bobcat is on the IUCN list of threatened species – Status: Least Concern

Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/180 sec, f. 5.6 mm
focal length 220 mm , ISO 200
Date: July 10, 2011
TAGS:netherlands, burgers_dierenpark_arnhem, zoo, nature, animals, wildlife, bobcat, big_cats, eyes, brown, close_up, steppeland


Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Extreme Close-ups (Oct. 16, 2011)
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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px


Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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Comments

  • steppeland
    steppelandover 2 years ago

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  • – steppeland

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture Steppeland. I’m glad I’m not caught in the reflection of those eyes as I’d be no match for her should she decide I looked tasty :-)

  • LOL, indeed, Richard, I too was happy to know that there was glass between us LOL

    – steppeland

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 2 years ago

  • That’s wonderful! Thank you so much, Trudi, for the feature!

    – steppeland

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful feature!!!

  • Thank you so much for the kind words, Linda!

    – steppeland

  • joshuatree2
    joshuatree2over 2 years ago

    This is by far the most beautiful image of a bobcat I have ever seen. Your photography is outstanding in grace and beauty. The reflection in the eyes is what I love best about this image. God richly bless you Steppeland, as you share this beauty with us. This is worthy of many features and sales. Trevor.
    http://www.philadelphiamission.org/

  • Thank you so much, Trevor, for your beautiful words of praise – I feel truly honoured by it!

    – steppeland

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 2 years ago

    Wonderful close-up. Well done.

  • Thanks, William! Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 2 years ago

    Wonderful close-up!

  • Thank you so much, Eivor!

    – steppeland

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured! Gorgeous eyes and a cute nose!

  • LOL – thanks a lot, my friend! :)

    – steppeland

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