Time With Bob!
It all began at New Years, a Bobcat was in the neighborhood and everyone was seeing him (I think it’s a young male). Then in January, I got my first glimpse of Bob. Over the last few months, we knew it was all over our property. Between Sadie’s nose and all the tracks, we knew when he’d been around and the path he was taking. But we never saw him, often missing him by just minutes (fresh tracks in new snow). And bobcats are just so cool so we were on a mission, especially Sharon. I was in the office packing just prior to going to England for The Photography Show (such a great event, thanks all!) and just zipped up the camera bag when I hear in that “I want your attention now voice” Sharon said, “the bobcat is here!”
I come out to see him on the corner of our deck taking a bath. It was dark as sin out so I took a quick iPhone photo through the window to quickly record the date and time. If someone was watching Sharon and me, they probably thought we were nuts as we were “hiding” in our own home so as to not scare off our visitor. There Bob sat as it kept getting darker and darker. It’s then I decided to get out the Z6 / 300PF / FTZ Adapter, crank the ISO up to 12800 and see if I could crack the door and get a shot of our new friend.
He knew we were there, the only surprise is when the door started to open. The hinges on that door are well greased so it opens real smooth and quick (not the first time trying this technique). He instantly stopped what he was doing (he had jumped to Tree 3 and was sharpening his nails) and stared down at Sharon and I. My first thought is he would scent Sadie and be gone. To my great surprise, after a moment he went back to his nails. He probably smells Sadie all over the property so no biggie. He then stopped, kinda hunched down and watched us for a few minutes, just as curious about us as we, him. One thing I really LOVE about the Z6 is it make NO noise when shooting. I slowly put the rig up to my eye, got off some shots and then stopped as it was so bloody dark. He sat there for a few more moments and then went up the tree a few branches to take a nap. While over in the UK, Sharon had Bob back two more times. There is a pattern growing so if lucky, tonight I’ll have more time with him. He’s welcomed anytime!