I had an exciting bobcat encounter while driving the auto tour road at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was on the west side of an area called Tuff Pond, when a bobcat caught my eye in a field just north of the road.

Bobcat Hunting The Edge Of A Field

Bobcat Hunting The Edge Of A Field

This beautiful bobcat was intently hunting along the edge of the field. It would take slow, measured steps, then freeze in place for several minutes at a time, patiently scanning for prey. I was able to watch it hunt for several minutes, completely enthralled by its fluid, stealthy movements.

After a while, the bobcat took a brief break from its hunt to lay down on the edge of the field. It rested there, looking calmly in my direction. I was able to capture a couple photos of it during its rest, before I decided to drive away and let it enjoy its break.

Bobcat Resting At The Edge Of A Field

Bobcat Resting At The Edge Of A Field

Bobcats are not commonly seen at Sequoyah NWR, so I felt very fortunate to observe this one going about its daily hunting routine. Seeing this secretive wild cat in its natural habitat was a special treat and a highlight of my refuge visit. I’ll remember that sly, intense gaze for a long time to come.

Spotting wildlife while exploring our national wildlife refuges is always an adventure. You never know what beautiful, fascinating creatures you might encounter along the way. I can’t wait to get back out on the auto tour road to see what I might spot next!

Gear:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS

Technical:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: March 21, 2009 (10:45 A.M.)
  • Aperture: f4
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 500 mm