Sunday, January 17, 2010

Coyotes hunting

If you spend enough time doing things, the unexpected happens.  Both good and bad things, but I believe mostly good if you try to control situations.  By spending as much time out in the wilds, I have many great experiences.

Recently while birding, I noticed several coyotes hunting.  As I watched them I noticed they were working toward a pile of rocks near the road.  I drove down the road and hiked to the rocks where I hid.  Soon one coyote came up through some grass.


I let him come as close as I dared before I started taking pictures.  It heard the clicking of my camera and looked my way.

But then he was distracted by a gopher behind him under the snow.  So he whirled, raiseed his left foot as he located the gopher.

It then leaped into the air, caught the rodent, tossed it twice in the air, each time crushing it.  Then he swallowed it whole - a hot meal.

As I continued to take pictures, it tried to locate me, only to be distracted by another gopher under the snow.  Again he caught it, tossed it in the air twice and swallowed it whole.

It finally located me in the rocks, looked at me and head out.

Just another unexpected wild day in Idaho.


Sunny said...

These are amazing pictures; you certainly were in the right place at the right time, the same cannot be said for the gopher. Raising the foot is interesting, almost like a pointer.
Sunny :)

Cloudia said...

The post of the day for sure, Bill.

amazing experience, shots & words.
Thank you so much for sharing this!

Aloha, Friend

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Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Absolutely stunning photos Bill. Thanks for the account.

Veronica Wald said...

Exquisite shots, Bill!

Dimple said...

Wonderful! I have seen glimpses of coyotes, but never like this. I think it's great they catch and eat rodents!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Wonderful to see that through your camera lens! Something most of us will never catch.

J Bar said...

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Janie said...

Wow, these are just amazing photos. You really managed to capture the action. Great forethought to be in the exact right spot at the right time.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Bill.... You got some great pictures of the coyote...Wonder why his Mama hadn't taught him to chew his food?????ha ha ....

Glad he didn't decide to swallow you whole too.... Yipes!!!!

Thanks for posting this... Amazing shots.

Kilauea Poetry said...

This looks like art to me! Well, the tossing in the air reminds me of some whales I saw with some pitiful seals! Anyway, this is a great story..glad I didn't miss this!

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shots. You were in the right place at the right time. MB

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh that is an incredible series of pictures; thank you for sharing. What a beautiful animal he is, looks very healthy and well fed; a good hunter.

Thanks so much for sharing. (You have your roots in a very beautiful part of the country and you certainly take full advantage of its beauty.)

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Nature is always fascinating. I love it in my backyard too.

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Bill: Wonderful capture of the critter as it did what comes natural.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh my God these are stunning. You had good patience waiting here for this wonderful moment.

A couple of days I saw real early in the morning it wasn't quite light enough to see clear, this wonderful little red fox in my backyard. I could see it so clear because of the snow. Yet I was to late to grab my camera. But he made my day.

Friko said...

Cloudia pointed me in your direction and I am glad she did. Extraordinary pictures! It must have been a fascinating experience. And i thought I was having fun watching a blackbird!

holdingmoments said...

Excellent captures of their behaviour. A great sight to witness.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Bill, what a blessing you had on the wild side of this day. Your images look so delicate, yet the strength of the Coyote is most certainly sensed and the images thus are so perfectly balanced and they could so easily be mistaken for watercolours~ Exceptional is the best word for this delightful presentation~

elvira pajarola said...

.....AMAZING beautifully sequence after the other: a real hunting documentation..!!!!!!!!!BRAVISSIMO!!!!!
...not only the documentation is fantastic, the quality of the photos too...!
...I noticed the "farfalla", the butterfly on the coyotes four, on the back,it is magnificient..these animals have got a beautiful four in the winter!!
GORGEOUS WORK ; I loved it!!!!!
have a happy day!!!!!
ciao ciao elvira

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Jenn Jilks said...

I would never have thought to sit and wait!
I have read that cats throw their prey around to tenderize them. Do you suppose the coyote are the same?

We took a neighbour's dog for a walk in Thank you for visiting My Muskoka , in the snow, and he 'pointed' when he spotted a squirrel in just the same way!
Lovely post.

Carletta said...

Excellent shots!
I'm a little bit envious.

Susan said...

Gorgeous photos and congratulations for being so patient!! Isn't it great when you get to witness something like that??and thanks so much for sharing it. So far, all I've seen are tracks this winter- you give me hope!

Jann said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos and experience...I'm sooo jealous! :o)

desertsandbeyond said...

Beautiful photos! There is a coyote up by the horse ranch. He/she lives in an open field and I frequently see it. Unfortunately, there was also a coyote hit by a car out by the road and I'm afraid it was "my" coyote! Your photos are wonderful! What camera do you use?

Di said...

Bill, such beautiful photos of the coyote; the subtlety makes them look like paintings. I cannot imagine having been there. I shudder at a raccoon walking by in the daytime. :)

Angie said...

These really are fabulous.

Johnny Nutcase said...

great sighting! and excellent photos of the guy, too - i really like the second one. The way he's framed by the frosty grass is so pretty!

Shirleyanne said...

What amazing photo's Bill!
These are brilliant.
The snow really enhances the scene.

sunnymama said...

What an incredible series of photos. I really love the second picture where he noticed you and your camera.

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