A Day at Point Reyes National Seashore

I was out at Point Reyes two days ago.  It was a very good day.  I saw and photographed multiple bobcats and coyotes.

Photo of a bobcat stalking its prey.

Bobcat Stalking Prey

This bobcat was hunting gophers.  Bobcats use their paws to catch gophers in their burrows.  Their mouths are not designed to fit into the narrow space of a gopher burrow.  Their paws are also fairly large in relation to the size of a gopher burrow.  Based on my observations, I would say their batting average is fairly low.

Photo of a coyote at Point Reyes.

Coyote, Point Reyes National Seashore

Coyotes use their mouths to catch rodents in their burrows.  They don’t have sharp, retractable claws and don’t seem disadvantaged in that regard.  That long slender snout seems built for the task.  Based on my observations, they have a much higher batting average than bobcats in catching rodents in the top of their burrows. This coyote was with its mate and another individual.

While I’m always happy to get the opportunity to photograph bobcats and coyotes, what made the day really special was seeing and photographing a peregrine falcon and a badger.  I don’t get many opportunities to photograph either of them.

Photo of a peregrine falcon on a post.

Scanning the Area

I don’t know if this is a female or an immature or both.  Its markings were not as nice as the peregrine I posted here.   However, I’m always happy to photograph a peregrine.

Photo of a badger at Point Reyes.

Badger Wakes Up from Siesta

Badgers are very nocturnal so it’s always a treat to spot one.  The recent rains have created damp, dark soil which stands out when a badger digs up areas where there are good populations of gophers.  I also love the rich greens of the grasses at this time of year.  Everything has been brown this winter until we got some decent rains in the past few weeks.  For those that don’t know, California is suffering from the worst drought in history.

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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10 Responses to A Day at Point Reyes National Seashore

  1. John Wall says:

    That’s a great set of photos, Jim. Your work always makes me want to head out to Pt. Reyes.

    • Jim Coda says:

      It’s a great place John and we’re lucky to shave such a place so close home. However, if you really want some of the greatest wildlife photo opportunities in the United States, you need to visit Yellowstone. I’ll be there again this spring, my favorite time.

  2. Linda S says:

    Wow!! Some great shots of some great wildlife!! Would LOVE to see a live Badger someday. Thanks for sharing your photos!!

  3. Charlotte Crackbon says:

    Wow!! Great pics and can see you did have a lot of good opportunities for them. Thanks for sharing as always grateful for them.
    Charlotte

  4. Great shots, Jim. Bobcats and badger, coyotes and peregrine falcon in one day. That’s a good day!

  5. Alan says:

    Awesome shots Jim! You seem to have a knack for finding Badgers out there which gives me hope. We spent 3 days there a few weeks back and had great Bobcat luck so it’s good to know that they are still out and about. Here’s hoping the recent rain will be great for some spring wildflowers.

    • Jim Coda says:

      Thanks Alan. I think this is a good time to look for badgers because their diggings in the moist soil stand out so much. The problem is they are always underground when we’re out there. When the females start hunting for their young, and the young start playing at their den entrances, our chances of seeing them should be at their highest.

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