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“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)

A hobbled young Coyote

Not great pictures given horrible sky conditions and rain but they tell a story. I came across this beautiful young Coyote as it was working its way through a field yesterday. I noticed it was limping, seemingly favoring its right, front paw.

When I got home and looked closer at the pictures, I realized that paw appears to be much shorter than the others. Perhaps a birth defect or it could have been caught in a trap at some point. The good thing is that it looked quite healthy and other than its pronounced limp, seemed to be okay.

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young Coyote keeps close watch from a field. It appeared to missing the lower part of its right front leg. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wile E Coyote keeping watch

Perhaps this beautiful creature was looking for the Roadrunner? 😉 Not likely given the location in the suburbs north of Denver however it was keeping an eye out for a meal. It was absolutely gorgeous as it stood tall and proud surveying its options.

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 stands on top of a rise as it looks around for a meal in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote stands on top of a rise as it looks around for a meal in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mangy Coyote looks for a meal

Somewhat of a sad scene seeing this poor thing. Mange has been a problem among the Coyote population in this particular area for a number of years and continues today. Sadly there is nothing that can be done to treat it – they simply recover or, more often than note, perish over time. This particular one was patrolling a prairie dog colony northeast of Denver, Colorado hoping to find a meal. It actually looked better than some others I have seen.

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 suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote suffering from mange patrols a Prairie Dog colony hoping for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wary Coyote keeps watch as it heads back to its hiding place

This good-looking creature was on the prowl early one morning this past weekend in an open field. It didn’t seem to mind my presence as I came to a stop and trained my camera on it. Unfortunately, a second photographer came along right then and that seemed to be too big of an audience for the Coyote. It quickly headed off into the tall prairie grass only allowing me to grab a couple of shots as it departed.

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 close watch as it heads off to its hiding place. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote keeps close watch as it heads off to its hiding place. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagles grab a meal, get chased off by Coyote

A fun little scene on the way home from work one day last week. I spot these two eagles enjoying a Prairie Dog dinner and of course have to take pictures. Soon after, for no reason that I could see, they took off and high-tailed it out of there. As I started to turn away, I saw why they left so quickly. A Coyote was working its way through the grass and getting closer. The Coyote didn’t see me initially but when it did, it too took off running. Lots of fun and a two-for-one wildlife encounter in suburbia!

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A pair of Bald Eagles eat a Prairie Dog in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Bald Eagles eat a Prairie Dog in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)