One last “top shots” video recapping my 2020 photo year. Today, I look back at some of the mammals that I photographed. From the tiny American pika to the massive moose, I was fortunate to spend time with some pretty amazing creatures. Two new animals that I had never photographed were highlights including a suburban bobcat family and the wild #horses of Sand Wash Basin. All images taken here in Colorado.
Well this was quite a surprise!
Coyotes are pretty common at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge but to see a pup, well, that was something unusual. This young one was hanging out in the road, soaking in the morning sun yesterday.
Unlike adult coyotes, it was pretty comfortable with my presence, allowing me a few captures before heading back home to its den. This is only the second time I have photographed a #coyote pup so it was a definite treat – and the little one was pretty danged cute!
Solitude. Something which we are all becoming too familiar with as we do our best to distance ourselves from others. Not ideal but we will make it through this – together but separate. Following a recent #snowstorm, this #coyote was doing some social distancing, hanging out a good ways away from the rest of the pack.
This wily one wasn’t having much luck on its morning hunt. It started out on the ice of a lake thinking it might be able to grab a bald eagle (pics I shared previously). When that didn’t pan out, it came closer to land and dug at something frozen in the ice but it couldn’t dislodge it. The coyote then turned its attention to something out of view and took off at a trot across the ice.
Taken at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado.
This wily one must have been really hungry. It joined the bald eagles out on the ice at Cherry Creek State Park, Colorado this past weekend and seemed to have a fantasy about catching one of the raptors for a meal.
For 10 minutes it circled and multiple times it tried approaching the eagles. Of course the eagles could see the coyote coming a long ways away and any time it would get near, they would simply fly off to a different patch of ice. After a time, the coyote gave up and returned to land to look for a meal elsewhere.
Kind of cruddy pics as these were taken from a long ways away and are heavily cropped but it was a fun bit of interaction to see.
Driving along this past Sunday this beautiful coyote ran in front of me – and kept running. It stopped briefly in the dew-covered grass giving me a quick look before bounding over the hill and disappearing. From the looks of its coat, it was quite wet from the moisture
The morning after a snowstorm always seems to be a great time for wildlife viewing. The critters seem to revel in the cold and with the snow on the ground, it makes for some neat pictures.
This wily one was one of three coyotes hunting a field, looking for their breakfast. They looked gorgeous with their full winter coats and were far better prepared for the cold than I was. 😉
Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.
We are getting a healthy shot of snow in the Denver area today and that reminded me of these pics I hadn’t shared yet. Taken back on December 1, it was quite cold and frost had covered the landscape at Cherry Creek State Park.
The sun was just cresting the horizon when I saw five of these beautiful creatures walking through a field. Light was at a premium which made for tough shooting but the rising sun really lit up their coats nicely.
I actually had my camera trained on a different subject when I see some motion in the grass.Further investigation found Wile E Coyote on the move, destination unknown. It didn’t linger and didn’t want to give me a clearer view but it was fun to see him.
It is interesting how well Coyotes have adapted to human intrusion on their traditional grounds. Here on the Colorado Front Range, they can routinely be seen anywhere there is open space, even if right next to development. This has,of course, occasionally given rise to conflicts but generally, we exist peacefully with them.
This little lady was absolutely gorgeous with a perfect coat that matched the fall grasses of the Great Plains. Unfortunately, many of the coyotes in the area where this one lives suffer from mange but thankfully, she has been spared. On this morning last month, she was quite unaffected by myself and my friends that were happily snapping pictures of her. She ignored us, going about looking for breakfast and occasionally chasing a rabbit or prairie dog.