A flash is not the same as a common light. More intense with a fuller spectrum of light waves. The previous poster that made the statement on the pred. versus non predator eyes is correct. In headlights or spotlights a predator will glow red to yellow. Depending on the species. Even an owl will glow yellow to red.
Last edited by staceyfb; 08/21/06 at 05:01 PM.
I'll have to look out there tonight. I did hear noise was half asleep so not sure if it was coyotes - have had either a coyote or bobcat around here though. My cats were making a huge racket which I've never seen them do when the deer around.
There are no lights of anykind. I had put on the porch light, let the cats in and then further out in the yard were the yellow eyes surrounded by only darkness (my light didn't go that far) - the animal seemed not as big as a deer only because it was lowish to the ground.
I could see it had it's head turned towards me and then looked away and kept walking away.
We have the following around: deer, owls, hawks, coyote, bear, bobcats.
I see the deer everyday, heard the owl, heard coyotes at one point, neighbor saw a bear around the corner and i've heard we have bobcats.
I might have to ask Santa for night vision goggles this year! That would be incredible to sit on my porch as night and watch the wildlife without disturbing them.
I haven't seen a possums eyes yet, but only it's looong tale sticking out of the bottom of my covered grill as it was eating the grease - yuk.
I have seen tracks other times near the area this beast was leaving. The paw print was medium size and the pad prints were oval shaped like my fingers and two of them had a claw sticking out. Didn't see any prints from last night though.
It mentions that there are things that can affect the color that an animal's eyes will reflect:
Here are some other factors that also may influence the color of the eye shine:
* Distance of light to the subject
* Intensity of the light
* Line of sight or perspective of the viewer
It also gives the following list, which varies from several accounts mentioned here in this post. But it piqued my interest anyway, so I thought I'd copy/paste it in case someone else might find it interesting. Here it is:
What are the colors of an animals eye shine?
The many factors that affect eye shine contribute to the various reports of eye shine color, even within the same species. The following list is a good example of this (The most likely color is listed first.):
* Domestic dog-green, emerald green
* Coyote-bluish green, emerald green
* Domestic cat- yellowish green, green, yellow, reddish
* Bobcat-yellow, bright yellow, emerald green
* Raccoon-emerald green
* Opossum-light or bright orange, pink
* Deer-greenish white, yellowish white, green, white, orange, bluish green
* Black-tailed deer- brilliant blue
* Flying squirrel-reddish orange
* Cattle-bluish green, yellowish white