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Teeming with life

A bobcat in Chesterville waiting for lunch. The tip of its tail has the marking to differentiate it from a lynx. Lynx have black tips, while bobcats' are black on the upper side and white underneath. While both have ear tufts, lynx are more prominent, they have paler coloration, much less spotting and longer legs than a bobcat. Bobcats' hind legs are just a bit longer than their front legs giving them a straight back look, while lynx have longer rear legs giving them a curved back appearance.
(Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Up close and personal with a bobcat. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Bobcats can resemble ordinary house cats with this closed-eye look, albeit with larger teeth, long tough claws, big feet, and strength. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Ready to pounce on anything that moves. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Bobcat on the move. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

The black tip on the bobcat's tail, with white underneath, distinguishes it from a lynx. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Taking a hike. Male bobcats have larger feet than females and weigh considerably more, but unless they are side by side, or a female has kittens, it's difficult to sex them. This particular one looked to be on the smallish side, so I'll call it female until proven otherwise. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Stalking something I couldn't see, and off it went into the woods without turning back. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

The first common redpoll finch of spring in the snack bar. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Inland Maine hath no spring, but rather rotting snow, mud, ruts, pot holes, posted roads, and frozen lakes, some three feet thick. The best remedy is to get thee to the beach. Sure it's freezing, really freezing, and the wind blows hard, but you can see as far as the eye can see, listen to seagulls, glance in tide pools, and bask in the glory of clean sand and snowless beauty. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Mourning bath. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

Little Red hanging out. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)

The early bird doesn't always get the worm. (Dennis York)

Cedar Waxwing. (Dennis York)

Cedar Waxwings. (Dennis York)

Pussywillows. (Dennis York)

Barred owl with mouse, Wilton.

Sea grass. (Jane Knox)

This should keep the doctor away. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)

Spring thaw. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)

Shadows in the fog. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)

Robins feeding on a foggy Sunday. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)

Mr. Fog creeps wherever he chooses. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)

Killdeer in the fog. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)

Well camouflaged against the tree, but the crows alerted me to its presence - the largest barred I've seen. (Don Blanchard)

A winner. (Jane Knox)

Spring is here. (Jane Knox)

Path to the beach. (Jane Knox)

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17 Responses »

  1. Wow! Such an impressive group of photos! You guys are amazing.

  2. Wow, very nice pictures and these are the first spring flowers I have seen so far. Aren't the bobcats pretty?
    Keep the pictures coming .

  3. Terrific pictures all. And Fabulous pictures of Bob the Cat!!

    Thank you all for sharing!

  4. Where are those flowers blooming?
    Beautiful .

  5. Always enjoy the beauty all the wildlife, flora and fauna you capture with your cameras; thank you for sharing!

  6. Educationally as well as beautiful. Thank you

  7. Bobcats, crocus and birds, oh my! Thanks to all. I love this feature.

  8. An amazing start to my week!! All are pretty and fabulous, but Jane Naliboff takes tops for me - up close and personal pics of a bobcat is very special, and the information very educational. I hope you Jane, and Jjm Knox and all who take these exceptional wildlife pics are putting together a 'show and tell' and presenting it to our educational system.

    As more of our beautiful state lands disappear to developers so do our wildlife; I would think a State agency would have a grant available to develop a web based presentation; but, nothing can hold a candle to an in person Q&I!!

  9. These crocuses bloom early every year in-town Brunswick snuggled up next to a bank wall that is sheltered and in the sun. It is the only place in Bath and Brunswick that I could find them.

  10. Jane N - such amazing photos of a beautiful creature. Thanks to all for sharing these great pics!

  11. Is it possible those are Bohemian waxwings?

    (Love all the pics, especially the bobcat pics. And the crocus - they seem overdue.)

  12. I truly love every week with all the photos. This time I truly love this one more because I am a lover of birds & animals. They all this week are wonderful. Thank you all for how really great are you.

  13. Definitly Bohemian Waxwings

  14. The bobcat pictures are amazing--telephoto lens, or did it let the photographer that close?

  15. Thank you for sharing these BEAUTIFUL photos! It is so refreshing to see Maine's beautiful nature you have captured. I so enjoyed them. What talent!

  16. Absolutely amazing! So enjoy such talent and dedication! Continued success and enjoyment.

  17. Jane Naliboff your work continues to be more and more beautiful. I learn so much from your photography - what to look for, more about nature and what to aspire to in my own photography. Thank you for sharing!