Day 2, my choirs

My Vespers choir from last evening:

My Matins choir from this morning:

And just to carry on the nature theme of this post, I met a few more of my neighbors while out walking this morning. First, there’s the ubiquitous fire ant colony:

Fire Ants!

Then there’s the local sanitation engineers, the dung beetles:

Dung Beetle

Then I came across these two handsome fellows, and I’m not sure exactly what they are, beyond raptors of some kind:

Raptors? Yes, Crested Cara Caras

I caught an example of their call. There’s only one instance, and it’s about 1/3 of the way through this audio clip, at about 10 seconds, so don’t listen further than that:

And then, as I was walking about the ranch, about 3/4 mile from the House of Prayer, I saw something far ahead of me on the road. I though it was a coyote, and it had upset some white-tail deer that were nearby. When I got the picture uploaded onto my netbook and zoomed in on it, lo and behold, it wasn’t a coyote, it was an ocelot [correction: bobcat]! First one I’ve ever seen in the wild.

Ocelot! Nope, Bobcat, but cool nonetheless

You can tell it’s an ocelot [bobcat] by the tufts of fur on the tips of its ears. They’re about 4 times bigger than a house cat. I caught some audio, too. If you listen carefully, in the first several seconds, what sounds like a child crying, or a cat meowing, is the ocelot [bobcat], and the loud barking noise is the deer in distress:

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Posted on May 18, 2011, in Photos, Travelogue and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. So very cool to see and especially HEAR the sounds of your sabbatical …. I can only imagine what the rest will sound like…. especially Mt. Athos. Axios !!!!

    TSRN

  2. The two birds are Crested Cara Cara’s. Your ‘Ocelot’ is actually a bobcat. One of the key differences between Ocelots and Bobcats are the ears. Bobcats have large pointed ears with tufts while Ocelots have medium sized rounded ears. Another key difference is the tail. Ocelots have long tails with black rings while bobcats have stubby ‘bobbed’ tails. Still a very neat picture of a cat carrying prey. If you would like more info on Ocelots please feel free to email me.

    • Most excellent! Thank you for the identification and for the correction. Ocelot or bobcat, I’ve never seen any wild cat outside of captivity, and, as I said in the post, I thought I’d seen a coyote until I zoomed in on the picture. A little more info on the Crested Cara Caras, which are a kind of falcon, can be found here.

  3. Holy Bobcat! At least when you return from your sabbatical, you will know the difference between an ocelot and bobcat. I, myself, was going to say it was a bobcat.. but I have never seen one from the rear, thank heavens, so I did not want to put my foot in my mouth, again. 😉

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