Monday, July 15, 2013
Doe and Very Late Fawn
It is that time of year when the little animals of the neighborhood show their faces around my backyard. I few weeks ago, I saw the kit fox that I had been pontificating about for awhile now on this blog. But by the time I got my camera, it was long gone and I haven't seen it since. I also saw a fawn with the doe that lives nearby after the first of July. I'm not sure what the normal time frame for deer giving birth but this has got to be towards the very end of it. I normally see fawns running around in early May to early June. Here we are a month after that and this one could barely walk so I'm assuming he was only about a day old when I captured this photo.
After I took this photo through the living room window which is why it is a bit fuzzy, the fawn hobbled over to a tree and nested down at its base why mama was eating and then moved further down into the ravine that bisects our lawn where there was some taller grass. Mama left him/her there and crossed the road because I suppose the grass was greener over there. I thought about walking down and getting a better picture of the fawn but decided to let it hide in peace.
Right after this picture, I saw my daughter playing on our deck out back and then standing up and staring at something. I looked and saw a very large cat off at the edge of our lawn and raced inside to grab the camera and telephoto lens. It was still too far off to positively identify it but because it was so large, I was fairly certain it was a bobcat. They are very rare around here but my neighbor swears he has some photos of one from his backyard. I snapped a bunch of pictures of the beast and downloaded them onto the computer where I could zoom in even closer. I thought at first that I had taken the picture of a juvenile bobcat since the coloring and facial characteristics were different than a full sized bobcat but two things eventually convinced me that it was only the largest house cat I have ever seen and not a bobcat. Those were my wildlife biologist brother and the man who knows most things outdoors related, my father. After their advice, I could see that the paws weren't big enough, even for a juvenile bobcat and the tail way too long. Bobcats have a bobbed tail compared to house cats. So in the end, I had a series of pictures of the largest wild house cat I have ever seen outdoors. The sucker probably stood 18 inches high at the shoulder. Perhaps it will be fox food later.