No doubt, the Cantabrian Mountains, located in the Norwest of Spain is one of the best areas in the continent for wildcat ( Felis sylvestris) watching and photography.
The most of this beautiful valleys, are covered by ancient oak and beech forests, and in the bottom, traditional farmer activities allows the presence of fields and meadows.
During the early summer, the grass of this fields is mowed by the farmers, with the aim of getting food reserves for the livestock during the cold winter.
And this event is a fantastic opportunity for wildcats, that leave the forest and during the dawn and evening visit this areas to hunt rodents.
The main preys of the wildcats are the mountane water vole, and the wood mouse. A wildcat can hunt and eat more than 4 rodents during the same morning, and return again during the sunset to continue with the hunting.
The skill for hunting of the wildcat is simply brilliant, it can stay completely quiet for several minutes, moving the ears locating the sound sources, later it will move carefully towards the mouse hole and wait patient until the prey shows the head outside.
Then the cat with a powerful jump catch the mouse…or fail.
If it finally get the prey, it used to move to the edge of the forest to eat the rodent, coming back later to the fields to hunt again.
The cats are not alone on the fields hunting, foxes, buzzars, pine martens, wolves and white storks are ready to take adventaje of this abundance of food.
Meetings between wildcats and foxes are usual, but they used to avoid confrontations.
Thanks to this grass fields and the farmers, we can spend many hours with these beautiful animals.
Here you can enjoy of some photos and videos of wildcats taken at this area.