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Coyote on the hunt

This pretty lady was sleeping in the middle of a field of snow initially. After doing her morning stretches, something in the grass between her and I caught her eye. Ever so slowly and silently, she crept closer to it. Unfortunately for her (and me), whatever it was disappeared and she moved on to look for food elsewhere. I am bummed as I was in a perfect position to capture images of her pouncing had she done it. Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado last week.?

A Coyote at Cherry Creek State Park hunts for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote at Cherry Creek State Park hunts for a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A very pretty predator

A female Coyote relaxes in the early morning but was always well aware of what was happening around her. Taken back in March at Cherry Creek State Park, this beautiful lady and her mate were out for a stroll.

I was pleasantly surprised that while wary, neither was disturbed by my proximity and allowed me to spend 45 minutes observing them and taking pictures. It was definitely one of those magical wildlife moments that makes me love being out there exploring.

I’ll be heading back to Cherry Creek this morning for the first time of the season although I don’t expect I will have this kind of luck again. 😉

A female Coyote relaxes at Cherry Creek State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote relaxes at Cherry Creek State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Coyote casts a cautious glance

Out and about driving Sunday morning on a twisty road northeast of Denver I caught a glimpse of something bolting across the road. Slowing down I see a bushy tail just as it disappeared on the other side of a berm. Coming to a stop and getting out I find this beautiful Coyote.

It was not too thrilled about being spotted and proceeded to the top of a nearby hill where it finally stopped and turned around just long enough for me a capture a few images.

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 in the suburban Denver area stops to see what is going on. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Coyote in the suburban Denver area stops to see what is going on. (© Tony’s Takes)

Camouflaged coyote

With snow falling here in Denver, I dug through the archives for a picture that somewhat reflects the current weather conditions.

This image was taken in December 2014 at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado following an overnight snow. The landscape was resplendent in a blanket of white and the wildlife was out and about and active.

This handsome coyote was resting among some tall prairie grass where it was quite well hidden. I almost missed seeing it but thankfully I did and better yet it stayed long enough for me to capture some good images of it.  I love the soft, early morning light on its coat and in its eye.

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 among the grass at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A coyote among the grass at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Early morning with a very vocal Coyote

A friend clued me in on some coyote activity at a nearby open space area recently. While coyotes are routinely seen there, this particular female had an interesting little routine.

Apparently every morning she meets a particular couple with three dogs that walks along the South Platte River. As they walk through the open space, the coyote follows along, barking the whole way.

I arrived right at dawn and sure enough, I soon heard barking and as the walkers approached, I could see they were being followed by this very vocal hound. The coyote was completely non-aggressive and it really appeared she simply wanted the dogs to come play with her.

Clouds kept the early light dim and made for tough shooting but it was a lot of fun to watch.

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote keeps watch on people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote barks at a people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Coyote keeps watch on people walking in the area with their dogs. (© Tony’s Takes)

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)