One last “top shots” video recapping my 2020 photo year. Today, I look back at some of the mammals that I photographed. From the tiny American pika to the massive moose, I was fortunate to spend time with some pretty amazing creatures. Two new animals that I had never photographed were highlights including a suburban bobcat family and the wild #horses of Sand Wash Basin. All images taken here in Colorado.
In all my years on this Earth and all the time I have spent outdoors with wildlife, I have only once ever seen a wild cat and that was when I was 12 years old. Seeing one and getting pictures is a major goal of mine that has been elusive and, quite frankly, unavailable – until this past weekend.
A friend told me about a bobcat family that had taken up residence in a suburban neighborhood and I simply had to go try for myself. We circled the area for a half hour when out of nowhere, mama bobcat appeared, sitting on a driveway. She gave us a few pictures then made a call.
Along came not one, not two, not three but four kittens, emerging from a home’s yard. She and the kittens wandered around and explored for only five minutes before retreating back to safety under a resident’s deck.
It was nothing short of thrilling and the kittens, my goodness, they were just so darned cute! Light was horrible as it was right at sunrise and heavily overcast so my pictures came out pretty poor and none are print-worthy but it was one heck of an experience!
Taken in Douglas County, Colorado.