Bobcat kittens at Myakka

I’d been trekking through mud and bugs for a few miles, when I decided I’d take the trail just a little further before turning back. That’s when I crossed paths with two bobcat kittens. I was able to capture a few photos of one of the kittens in action — rolling in the sun like any cat would on a sunny late morning. bobcat1

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Coyote pups at Myakka River State Park

These coyote pups were having an intimate moment.coyotes1

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Velvet Buck

This buck was so busy eating he didn’t notice the photographer.buck1

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Bobcat tracks

Second to the very, very uncommon Florida panther, the whiskered bobcat is probably the most elusive mammal to sight at Myakka River State Park. I startled one of the secretive, solitary predators while I was biking back in January, and this week I crossed these clear tracks in the wet sand. bobcat1

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Mamma deer with fawn

This fawn was sticking close to its mamma. Mamma spent most of the time cleaning her fawn. mama and fawn1

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Cottontail on the move

I took a nice seat for a rest on the edge of the oak hammock, when I saw this cottontail rabbit eating some grass. After a little while, it hopped off–straight towards me for a few yards!–before springing off into the brush.cottontail1

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Pedaling out on Ranch House Trail

This group crossed the tall grass just as the light rain began today, the yearling buck trotting to catch up. deer field

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The race

Riding the sandy two-rutted, I thought I’d be racing the sun through the prairie.

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Myakka hike–a good morning…

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Red Bug Slough’s otter family

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