Meet the Norwegian Lynx !

Gaupa er vårt aller største kattedyr!  En ganske sky og dertil ‘lydløs nattlig jeger’ som lever over størstedelen av landet, dog i begrenset antall. Gaupa varierer noe i vekt etter kjønn og biotop, men dette eksemplaret er anslått til ca 20 kilo.  Man antar at det i Norge pr dags dato finnes ca 500 dyr. Samtidig krever gaupa et revir på ca 2000 kv.kilometer for hanndyr og ca 1000 kv.kilometer for hunndyr.  Byttedyr er stort sett harer, ekorn, rev og dådyr, men den kan også nedlegge hjort hvis anledningen byr seg.
Pictures 110bThe lynx is by far the largest predator in Scandinavia within the ‘cat-family’ ! A silent, nocturnal, and very efficient hunter which lives over most of Norway. However, the total number in Norway alone is estimated to approximately 500 animals.
The weight of this animal varies with sex and biotop from 30 – 50 lbs. This specimen is judged to be approximately 40 lbs.
The lynx need a rather large habitat. The males: About 2000 sq.km whereas the females require about half (1000 sq.km).
Pictures 111bLukten river i nesa og målet er klart. Gaupa slipper ikke et sekund målet av syne!
The smell of food haunts the lynx and it never looses sight of its prey.

Gaupas diett består som oftest av hare, rev, ekorn, rev og – dessverre en og annen sau. Den kan også nedlegge dådyr og/eller hjort om anledningen byr seg.

The lynx’s diet consist of hare, squirrels, foxes and unfortunately once in a while – sheep, but it may also hit on deer in various sizes.
Pictures 112bPictures 113bPictures 115cAt majestetisk bekjentskap man husker lenge!
An imposing aquaintance you’ll long remember!
(Compliments of SRB )

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15 Responses to Meet the Norwegian Lynx !

  1. gpcox says:

    A grand animal to say the least.

    • Seenorway says:

      It is, indeed. And I was in luck. Discovered a movement very far away and was able to anticipate which route the lynx would take through the terrain. Which gave me these shots.

  2. Really stunning photos. You have an artist’s eye!!

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you so much! And I think you’re right. I have no formal education within photography, but I feel my stronger sides are composition and colors. I also do a bit of macro photography and when the opportunity presents itself – portraits.
      Come to think of it: It’s quite some time sice I last used my macro objectives. Perhaps its time again?🙂

      • We have a saying (it may be universal?) when you want to say that a person has a unique vision, “you have the eye of a lynx”. Well, you have it in more ways than one.

        • Seenorway says:

          😀 Well, Maurice, like you I have lived for a few years, and I have been fortunate enough to visit more than 70 countries around the world. It would be sad if it didn’t have any impact what-so-ever on me? But the life may be a wonderful thing, even if one is forced to live one day at a time? That’s what we normally do anyway. Only we’re not reflecting over it.
          So – nothing is really changed, is it? Coming of age – there is and end to it all, but I prefer it to be a small surprise🙂

  3. Annie says:

    Ahhhh, nydelig! Gaupa må da være et av verdens vakreste dyr, ikke sant? Så utrolig smidige, lure og nydelige at man bare kjenner klumpen i halsen når man ser bilder som dette. Men du verden for et rovdyr, et vakkert, vakkert rovdyr som jeg skulle ønske jeg en gang kunne fått sett i vill tilstand😀

    Klem på deg🙂

    • Seenorway says:

      Ja, gaupa er fantastisk! Men du skal nok sitte stille og kaldt – leeenge før du får et skikkelig glimt av ham. Husk han har også en ganske utmerket luktesans. Det er ingen hvem som helst man skal snike seg inn på. Jeg var griiiseheldig!

  4. lylekrahn says:

    Beautiful. I have a special admiration for predators who have to survive by hunting. Those keen eyes in the last photo are amazing.

  5. vestlending says:

    Fant ut vi hadde Gaupe på Osterøy også! det var nemmelig Gaupe spor jeg hadde tatt bilde av ved Stora Vatnet opp i fjellet på Osterøy! den hadde fulgt etter Hjort som det også var ferske spor etter!

  6. Seenorway says:

    Welcome back RoSy,😀 Contrary to the puma, the lynx has not been known to attack people, but it’s one hell of an animal.
    It’s a good climber as well as swimmer, and extremely fast when it needs to be.

  7. RoSy says:

    Thanks for introducing us. But – I will keep my relationship with this kitty on an online basis only😉

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