by Anura Guruge
Click to ENLARGE. Crop from the picture below.
Max. zoom on my Google Pixel 4. It was (I think) about 150-yards away.
ALAS, that is as far as the Pixel 4 would zoom. Yes, not great quality.
Video, below, is slightly better.
Same bobcat I saw on Monday. Same road, about 1/4-mile to the South (i.e., towards Barnstead). Opposite the entrance to our beach. That was where the initial reports were from — & it obviously hangs around there.
To be honest, I was hoping to see it today. I walked around that area, twice, in a loop — hoping to see it. Luck, for a change, was on my side, today.
Click to ENLARGE. GPS track of today’s 4.65-mile.
It was 10:35am.
I have 33-seconds worth of pictures & the video is 50-seconds. Might have taken me 20-seconds to get the phone. So, he/she was out there staring at me for just over 2-minutes.
It started moving away when we both heard a car approaching. Not sure how long it would have stayed but for that. Did NOT seem afraid of I, but we were quite far apart. It could have got used to humans by now.
22-years ago I had a similar encounter, on the banks of Winnipesaukee, in Meredith (Mile Point), with a HUGE wolf. We were a bit closer & I had two golden puppies, on leashes, at my feet. He also was not inclined to move away. Just stood there & stared. But, in that case, we suspect, he had come looking for the two pups!
I am sure more folks will now be out looking for it. Hhhhmmmm.
I walk, just up from there, every night, for a mile! Wonder whether he will come to see me again. I wear a rather headlight. Have seen deer nearly every night this week. 1st time I have seen any deer until then!
So …. A bear & a bobcat this Summer. What fun. Am I going to carry any spray. Heck NO! Might take my walking stick more often. SMILE.
The bear encounter from 3-weeks ago. What fun. Have I told you that I once petted a Bengal Tiger through the bars of an open-air zoo. This was in the U.K. Zoo was next door (though ‘next door’ was like 4-miles away). I used to go sit with him in the evenings after work. SMILE.
by Anura Guruge