Oh Wiley What Ears!
I simply love watching Coyotes! It’s said they eat up to five times their body weight each day in the winter. You gotta figure that’s one heck of a lot of mice! How do they find the mice, voles and the rest under that blanket of snow? It’s the ears that pick up the faintest of sounds. Some of their prey are in hibernation, one heartbeat a minute and yet, they can detect them. Amazing! So it’s not surprising they are sensitive to sound and sight in the pursuit of a meal.
In Yellowstone, we came upon a Coyote jam and after a while, because of all the noise, the coyote finally moved on. After he went up a draw out of sight, I gave him five minutes after everyone else had left to see if he’d come back. I should have waited seven minutes because no sooner then the last tripod was packed, there he came looping back. Once I got all the other tripods up, the Coyote was moving past them to across the road. With the lack of time, I just hand-held the Z6 / 180-400VR until his last glance over the shoulder and off to hunting another clearing. Yes, we saw him score a couple of “meals” which he popped down like M&Ms. Wow, what a marvelous moment with our wild heritage!