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.