At a cam trap in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 3 days after I left it, a wind storm whipped a 4-foot branch off of a nearby Eucalyptus tree. Which fell on the camera. Smack on top. Now, I always appreciate camouflage help, but this also resulted in a twig of leaves in front of the lens. That then moved around, triggered the motion-sensor, and quickly shot out the camera.
However - hidden within the hundreds of wasted photos of wiggling Euc leaves, is this wild series of a bobcat coming to visit.
And now I'm stuck with the question - why? Was it a residual scent left on the cam trap from prior use? Or, do bobcats like the aroma of wet Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus? It is the species used to extract Eucalyptus oils for innumerable products and medicines.
Or, was bob just trying to do us a solid and pull the branch off the camera, but failed?
What do you all think?
Hopefully we'll see this bob again. But next time without the screen.
- Wikipedia - Eucalyptus globulus