On the trail of Bobcats...Part 1

Last Sunday (Jan. 11) I started a project I've been planning for a while now. For the past couple of years I've wanted to photograph bobcats. I first got the idea about 6 or 7 years ago. Growing up hunting & fishing, there wasn't a day I wasn't walking in the woods playing or in search of animals. So one of the goals I have for 2015, is to finally set out and photograph bobcats. Also, I'm going to let you tag along on the journey in photographing them.

I will show you every step I am going to take in "attempting" to photograph bobcats. One thing you have to understand about wildlife photography, nothing is guaranteed. I do have high hopes but it could take 1 month or even a year or more.

So rewinding a bit, last Sunday I finally set out looked for sign of bobcats. I decided to go to an area I had found cat tracks before. I was looking in an area near a stream, lots of thick & wooded areas. It is home to small game, birds & water. With this in mind, I kept looking. It took a little time but I finally found a track.

 Bobcat track in the sand next to a stream, taken with iphone.

Bobcat track in the sand next to a stream, taken with iphone.

After finding two sets of tracks I picked an area in between and set up a trail camera.  When I find an area where the cats frequent I plan on setting up a infrared camera system with my DSLR.

 Image of my trail camera set on the edge of the stream

Image of my trail camera set on the edge of the stream

The camera has been setup now for a week and I checked it this morning. Keep checking back, I will be posting the results from the camera very soon. Also I will keep you updated on the infrared camera system.