Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
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Wildlife

Yesterday I had estate things to do after work, so I ended up going to El Chorro Regional Park at about five o'clock. I took the hike I usually do there, except that I didn't do the extra jaunt up to Eagle Rock. I heard voices periodically and kept expecting to see someone on the trail but I think the voices came from the golf course nearby. The way sound travels up makes for odd things at times.

I saw a flock of wild turkeys, took some unsuccessful pictures, then found them again later. I got a little bit of video that time because I love the sound they make. They were having a conversation or perhaps an argument with a crow flying overhead.

Later, though, was the prize. I saw this lovely beast:




I thought it was a mountain lion but it seemed too small. Later I looked up big cats and confirmed Paul's determination that it was a lynx, otherwise known as a bobcat. I thought initially that it wasn't a bobcat because it's ears didn't look right. But there are many versions.

I have to admit I was a little nervous. I did not know the proper behavior and the cat came right toward me. I stayed still, taking pictures when I could, and eventually he or she turned and went calmly up the hill. During this time I managed to mess up the settings on my camera accidentally and lost what might have been some good shots.

Later, of course, I looked up the behavior business too, in case I am fool enough to venture out at dusk again. What a great time to see animals! I also saw a hawk or maybe it was an owl. The hills are alive, all right, but with a different kind of music.
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