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on Jan 28, 2010 in Biological Tips, Wildlife Photography

The Log and the Coyote

Have you done much Coyote photography? If you have and spent time with them in a forested area, you know that if there is a log, a Coyote will most often jump up on it. The problem is at least for me is even though you know that, I don’t always prepare for it. I’m just slow sometimes, the obvious just ain’t obvious. Well, this time I thought about it.

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Coyotes in winter in the mountains are just gorgeous animals. Their thick coat often leads folks to believe they are wolves. They are very much opportunistic hunters eating almost anything they can kind. And they are expert mousers, using their keen sense of hearing to listen the mouse’s movement under the snow. There are lots of shot of them in mid air, bouncing on a mouse they’ve been listening to and waiting until the right moment to bounce. That does take energy and that requires calories. That, along with it is easier for mice and voles to follow air pocket along fallen logs in snow is why they jump up on logs. Now, if I can just remember that when it comes time to shoot!

Photo captured by D3s, 200-400VR (handheld) on Lexar UDAM digital film