One of the reasons that I love cycling is that you quietly ride up on wildlife before they ever have a chance to react. I remember the first time I came upon a bobcat. I came around a corner and a small dog was standing 15′ away, staring at me. Like a checklist in my mind, I thought, it has pointed ears, a short tail, a cat shaped nose…”Hey, thats a bobcat.”
Now, getting the camera out of the backpack is a different story.
Luckily, today, I came around the corner on a couple of turkey hens who just stood there. I got my camera out of the backpack and watched as their brood slowly emerged from the undergrowth and crossed the trail, slowly moving off into the chaparral.