Over a year ago I had an amazing experience photographing wildlife at Point Reyes with renowned photographer Daniel Dietrich. The whole experience got me hooked on a whole new kind of photography, and I’ve been visiting Point Reyes for that reason at every opportunity since.
There’s been many highlights in the past year, but nothing compared to finding a bobcat in the wild and watching her hunt. I’d been looking for another bobcat to photograph ever since and constantly failing. This week I had some spare time and decided to dedicate a whole day to the search.
I arrived early in the morning and almost immediately spotted one walking down the hillside. When he sat in the grass I thought I had the perfect opportunity to find some cover and get a bit closer. Unfortunately a deer stumbled upon the bobcat first and chased it away into the bushes. I lost sight of it and spent hours roaming around the fields looking for another glimpse.
Late in the afternoon I spotted another bobcat hunting on a hillside. Just as I got into position a tractor came over the hill and the bobcat ran away. I stayed on its tail and came around the hill from the other side. I had no idea where it could be, but it turned out closer than I expected. Ten yards away it left up and all I saw was two back legs springing into the bushes.
As evening arrived I finally decided to wrap up and leave. As frustrating as the day had been I was energized and excited by the experiences and happy to have spent a day outdoors. And then I saw another bobcat. It was on the other side of a cattle coral so I knew I had a chance to use that as a bluff and get close without scaring it. Eventually I found a position lying in the grass where I could watch. The cat spotted me of course, but I wasn’t bothering it and she calmly let me watch her hunt for a while from a safe distance. A magical, and lucky, experience.