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Two months ago, I first observed a family of four Great Horned Owls hanging out on the rural property where I live. This was nothing out of the ordinary. I have lived here for four years and each year I have been fortunate enough to observe a family spending time here. For the past three weeks, two of the owls have been spending a lot of time resting and hunting at the largest pond on the property which happens to be about 75 yards from my house. Pretty much every morning and evening I get the opportunity to see/hear them. Yesterday morning was no different. I went out for a walk before the sun rose and as I was headed home I sat on the hill above the pond to watch the two owls as they sat perched on a branch near the shore. The larger one would occasionally reach its head down and drink water. Eventually, they both fixed their sights on something along the south shore. At pretty much the same moment, the two Belted Kingfishers that have been spending time at the pond the past few weeks started making more of a racket than usual. I noticed what I thought was a deer walking along the shore. It took me about two seconds to realize that the animal was not a deer but a mountain lion. I watched the beautiful cat for about 90 seconds. It stopped and sat for a  moment and appeared to be staring back at the owls and then it continued to walk along the shore and again stared back at the owls before finally disappearing into the forest. 

I have seen a total of nine mountain lions in my life but I have never had the opportunity to watch one for more than a few seconds. I have also never had the chance to photograph one. Due to lighting, distance, and camera limitations, the quality of the photos is not all that great but I thought I would share them nonetheless.

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57 minutes ago, slidinghills said:

Two months ago, I first observed a family of four Great Horned Owls hanging out on the rural property where I live. This was nothing out of the ordinary. I have lived here for four years and each year I have been fortunate enough to observe a family spending time here. For the past three weeks, two of the owls have been spending a lot of time resting and hunting at the largest pond on the property which happens to be about 75 yards from my house. Pretty much every morning and evening I get the opportunity to see/hear them. Yesterday morning was no different. I went out for a walk before the sun rose and as I was headed home I sat on the hill above the pond to watch the two owls as they sat perched on a branch near the shore. The larger one would occasionally reach its head down and drink water. Eventually, they both fixed their sights on something along the south shore. At pretty much the same moment, the two Belted Kingfishers that have been spending time at the pond the past few weeks started making more of a racket than usual. I noticed what I thought was a deer walking along the shore. It took me about two seconds to realize that the animal was not a deer but a mountain lion. I watched the beautiful cat for about 90 seconds. It stopped and sat for a  moment and appeared to be staring back at the owls and then it continued to walk along the shore and again stared back at the owls before finally disappearing into the forest. 

I have seen a total of nine mountain lions in my life but I have never had the opportunity to watch one for more than a few seconds. I have also never had the chance to photograph one. Due to lighting, distance, and camera limitations, the quality of the photos is not all that great but I thought I would share them nonetheless.

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36041601884_02d04c8fae_o.jpg

 

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Awesome!! Very few people get to see a Mountain Lion in their natural habitat, let alone get several photos of it!! That's fantastic!!

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4 hours ago, Bird Brain said:

Awesome!! Very few people get to see a Mountain Lion in their natural habitat, let alone get several photos of it!! That's fantastic!!

Thank you!

20 years passed between the first time I saw one and the second time. Luckily, I have seen them more frequently in recent years but every time I do see one I can't help but wonder if it will be the last. 

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Two months ago, I first observed a family of four Great Horned Owls hanging out on the rural property where I live. This was nothing out of the ordinary. I have lived here for four years and each year I have been fortunate enough to observe a family spending time here. For the past three weeks, two of the owls have been spending a lot of time resting and hunting at the largest pond on the property which happens to be about 75 yards from my house. Pretty much every morning and evening I get the opportunity to see/hear them. Yesterday morning was no different. I went out for a walk before the sun rose and as I was headed home I sat on the hill above the pond to watch the two owls as they sat perched on a branch near the shore. The larger one would occasionally reach its head down and drink water. Eventually, they both fixed their sights on something along the south shore. At pretty much the same moment, the two Belted Kingfishers that have been spending time at the pond the past few weeks started making more of a racket than usual. I noticed what I thought was a deer walking along the shore. It took me about two seconds to realize that the animal was not a deer but a mountain lion. I watched the beautiful cat for about 90 seconds. It stopped and sat for a  moment and appeared to be staring back at the owls and then it continued to walk along the shore and again stared back at the owls before finally disappearing into the forest. 

I have seen a total of nine mountain lions in my life but I have never had the opportunity to watch one for more than a few seconds. I have also never had the chance to photograph one. Due to lighting, distance, and camera limitations, the quality of the photos is not all that great but I thought I would share them nonetheless

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Very cool! I have always wanted to see Mtn. Lion in the wild, but either I be in a car or the cat be a ways away......:P 

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