Witnessing a Bobcat Stalking Birds

As a wildlife photographer, I live for those extraordinary moments when nature reveals its raw beauty. Recently, I embarked on a journey to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, hoping to immortalize some of its inhabitants through my lens. Little did I know, I was about to encounter something truly special.

One crisp morning, as I ventured through the refuge, my eyes were drawn to a stealthy figure moving amidst the tall grass. It was a Bobcat, its sleek coat blending seamlessly with the surrounding foliage. I watched with bated breath as it stealthily stalked a flock of birds, moving with the grace and focus of a skilled hunter.

Bobcat Stalking Birds
Bobcat Stalking Birds

Despite my excitement, the Bobcat’s hunt did not end in a successful catch during my observation. Nonetheless, it was a humbling experience that taught me a great deal about these elusive predators. Bobcats, it turns out, are master hunters capable of preying on a variety of creatures, from rodents and rabbits to birds.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Bobcats is their solitary nature. Unlike some social felines, these creatures prefer the solitude of their own company, venturing out mainly during the dim light of dawn and dusk. With their exceptional climbing skills and ability to leap high in the air, they are formidable hunters, perfectly adapted to their environment.

What’s more, Bobcats are true survivors, capable of thriving in diverse habitats, from dense forests and marshy swamps to arid deserts. This adaptability speaks volumes about their resilience and resourcefulness in the face of ever-changing landscapes.

Observing the Bobcat’s elegant yet lethal pursuit was a moment I’ll cherish forever. It served as a poignant reminder of the intricate tapestry of life that surrounds us, each thread woven with precision and purpose. As a wildlife photographer, I consider it a privilege to capture and share these fleeting moments, fostering a deeper appreciation for the wondrous world we inhabit.

For those curious about the logistics, I positioned myself along the auto tour road near Tuff Pond, my trusty camera and lens at the ready. With my setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup, I was poised to capture whatever natural wonders crossed my path.

In conclusion, my encounter with the Bobcat at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge was a testament to the unpredictable beauty of nature. Through my lens, I hope to inspire others to marvel at the majesty of the wild and join me in preserving it for generations to come. Wildlife photographers play an important role in conservation efforts by capturing rare and compelling moments that connect people to nature.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: February 18, 2014 (07:43 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 500 mm