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Picture perfect pair

A shot of the two coyotes that I had the privilege of ‘meeting’ a couple of weeks ago. They were extraordinarily tolerant of me allowing me to spend 45 minutes or so observing them at relatively close range. I simply sat down on the ground and watched and they pretty much ignored me, even taking naps at one point.

Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. You can view the complete gallery of images of these two here.

A male and female coyote take a walk through Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male and female coyote take a walk through Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Watchful coyote at the golden hour

In photography, we call the golden hour the period just after sunrise or just before sunset.  During that brief, fleeting time, the light is at its softest and warmest and is generally when the most pleasing pictures can be obtained.

Certainly you can take pictures any time of day but it is during those two periods that many of your best images are likely to be obtained and is the reason most shutterbugs are early risers.  This image, taken this past Saturday, shows just how incredible the amber light can be and how it helps to create a great image.

The coyote was out and about 15 minutes after sunrise, combing the field looking for breakfast.  It stopped its hunt briefly to look around and I snapped this image.  The golden light coupled with already amber grasses and the similarly colored coat of the watchful coyote create, IMHO, a very warm and pleasant picture.

A coyote keeps close watch soon after sunrise at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote keeps close watch soon after sunrise at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Coyote on ice

This past weekend I spent a great deal of time with an extraordinary pair of coyotes. In this image you will see the male. I initially spotted it on the ice of the frozen lake while the female was nearby on the shoreline. Both were surprisingly comfortable with my presence although the male was definitely more wary. He however wasn’t too awfully concerned with me as you can see – he even curled up for a quick nap at one point.

You can view more pictures of these gorgeous animals in the gallery here.

A wary coyote keeps watch from the ice of a frozen lake in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A wary coyote keeps watch from the ice of a frozen lake in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Female coyote relaxes in the morning sun

This morning I came across a pair of extraordinarily tolerant coyotes. The female in particular couldn’t of cared less about my presence, even laying down to take a nap while I watched.

In all I spent 45 minutes observing the pair and it probably could have been longer if I had wanted to keep hanging around. In these pictures, the female takes in the early morning sun and wasn’t too motivated to get out and about. Perhaps the change to Daylight Saving Time messed with her sleep? 😉

Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado, USA.? Scroll down to view the complete gallery of images.

A female coyote relaxes in the morning sun and yawns.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A female coyote relaxes in the morning sun and yawns. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote prowls, pounces and catches its meal

If you’ve never seen a coyote hunt for voles in the snow, it is a lot of fun and very interesting. They walk very, very slowly and actually listen for movement under the snow. As they close in on the noise, they pounce into the air and down onto their prey.

This series captures one such sequence. Sorry the quality isn’t that great – she was a good ways off. Taken at Cherry Creek State Park near Denver, Colorado.

Scroll down below the main image for the complete gallery and sequence.

A coyote leaps into the air as it pounces on a vole beneath the snow. (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote leaps into the air as it pounces on a vole beneath the snow. (© Tony’s Takes)

When you gotta go, you gotta go

A bit of a Friday funny for you. This coyote in Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado had to answer nature’s call recently.

A coyote answers the call of the wild at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote answers the call of the wild at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

My what big teeth you have!

This good looking coyote was keeping close watch over the breakfast it had just caught. It must have had a bit of a long night of prowling as I snapped this pic mid-yawn.

A coyote yawns while keeping close watch over its breakfast.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote yawns while keeping close watch over its breakfast. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote nabs its breakfast

This beautiful coyote was proudly carrying its prey through a field this past weekend and then laid down to enjoy the meal. What is it eating? I honestly cannot tell. My best guess is a frozen toad / frog but none of my pictures really gave a definitive answer.

A coyote walks through a field with its meal.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote walks through a field with its meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

Who is watching who?

A coyote keep close watch on the photographer at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado yesterday. This handsome guy was closely guarding its breakfast and while it was wary of my presence, it wasn’t too concerned and didn’t run off.

Coyotes are amazingly adaptable animals and have not been greatly impacted by human expansion. They range across North America and some have even been seen into Central America and Panama.

View more images of this beautiful coyote and other wildlife from today below.

A coyote keeps close watch on the photographer.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote keeps close watch on the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)