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Meet Snow E Coyote, Wile E’s cousin

I ran into a far less famous relative of Road Runner’s nemesis this past weekend. 😉

Out for my wildlife drive, I had stopped next to a field out on the plains and was scanning the area for raptors that might be on the ground. Seeing none, I turned back to start to drive off and I see movement out of the corner of my eye. Lo and behold, there is this gorgeous Coyote right on the other side of the road.

With the clouds and snow light was at a premium and those big snowflakes made focusing difficult. I managed a couple decent shots of it though before it headed off the other direction.

A Coyote keeps watch as a spring snow falls on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote keeps watch as a spring snow falls on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Lone Coyote on the snowy plains

Not a technically great picture but I kind of like it. With light snow falling on a cold winter’s morning, I happened across this handsome creature as it walked across a field. In the background, a very large power distribution station to feed the power hungry suburbs. Kind of a nice contrast of the open plains and the growing encroachment of humankind on the Coyote’s territory.

A Coyote stands in a snow-covered field on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote stands in a snow-covered field on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote on the prowl

As you can tell, once it saw me, its focus changed from hunting for breakfast to the guy with the camera. It was pretty well concealed and I had to work to get even these half-way clear captures. Still fun to see these guys and am always amazed at how well they have adapted to urban and suburban encroachment on their territory.

A Coyote on the prowl in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote on the prowl in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote on the prowl in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote on the prowl in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Prowling Coyote checks on the photographer

I saw this pretty lady and her mate on the prowl at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado a few weeks ago. As they disappeared into some thick brush and trees, I ran around the other side anticipating them emerging. They did indeed pop out pretty much where I expected although I don’t think they were too thrilled to have been tailed. 😉 He headed right back into the brush and while she came out enough to at least give me a view, she soon did the same.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote pauses to check out the photographer at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote pauses to check out the photographer at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Handsome Coyote pauses for its picture

This is one that almost got away. I saw it dart across the road about 50 yards in front of me early one morning. As fast as it was moving, I was sure it would be gone by the time I stopped to try to take a picture but, much to my surprise, he actually paused and gave me a couple nice poses. So, thank you, Wile E, for the pics! 😉 Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

A handsome Coyote keeps watch from a field in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A handsome Coyote keeps watch from a field in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

“And this is what I think of wildlife photographers.”

“And this is what I think of wildlife photographers.” I recent happened across a Coyote that appeared to have a bit of a sense of humor. It ran across the road not far in front of me and as I came to a stop to take pictures of it, it seemed to want to give me a sense of how it felt about having its photograph taken. Thankfully most of my subjects don’t feel the same. 😉

A Coyote displays a unique way of showing its disdain for having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote displays a unique way of showing its disdain for having its picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote on the hunt in the Colorado high country

A capture from this past September in Rocky Mountain National Park. I happened across this pretty lady as she was hunting the fields for breakfast. The sun and just come up over the horizon so the light was pretty much perfect – and she looked awesome in it. Best of all, she pretty much ignored me, staying focused on finding food.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A Coyote keeps watch for a possible meal in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote keeps watch for a possible meal in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote on the hunt for breakfast

Such a pretty lady, eh? She looked absolutely stunning as she hunted the fields in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of Rocky Mountain National Park this past Sunday.

It seems like if I see coyotes in the park, this is usually the spot. The ones there seem quite comfortable with the humans that intrude on their domain and oftentimes just go about their business, ignoring the interlopers.

This particular one was clearly looking for a meal, at one point stopping and listening hard at the grass in front of it. I was sure it was going to give me a nice pounce but whatever she thought she heard must have quieted down and she moved on, crossing right in front of my truck.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. Here in the area I live, this has resulted in some human – coyote conflicts, mainly with the coyotes attacking domestic pets. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

A female Coyote keeps watch in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote keeps watch in the Upper Beaver Meadows area of Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Me thinks I am being watched

This gorgeous Coyote and its mate were on the prowl through a suburban greenbelt back in May. I had lost sight of them but had a pretty good idea what direction they were headed. As I walked slowly I was scanning everywhere but not having much luck. Then, you know how you get the feeling you are being watched? Well, I started getting that feeling. I turned around slowly and I find this guy through the shrubs, keeping a very close watch on me. He never did give me a clear view but it was cool to see them.

A male Coyote keeps close watch from some cover in suburban Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Coyote keeps close watch from some cover in suburban Denver. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote patrols the bike path

A very fun encounter with this guy and his mate this past weekend. I had spotted a bunch of wild turkeys and was trying to find a place to park to take pictures when suddenly the turkeys took off. Then, I see why. The pair of coyotes had snuck up on them and pounced.

Their hunt wasn’t successful although one did knock a bunch of feathers off of one bird. The pair then split and sought out other targets and I in turn gave pursuit. I thought I had lost them when the male appeared and crossed the path right in front of me.

A Coyote pauses as it crosses a bike path in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote pauses as it crosses a bike path in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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