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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): BEST OF: Coyotes, Dingo's, & Wolves 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 7:12
Viewed: 4459
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Coyote was captured hunting columbia ground squirrels at Waterton Lakes National Park. I found it comical that he would lick his lips in anticipation. We were able to observe him sneak up on two squirrels and I attempted to get his ponce but missed both times. I believe I have shot this coyote before, two years ago as he has a black spot on his tail.

Canis latrans
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Coyotes are the original true 'prairie dogs'! Unfortunately, a group of large-bodied ground squirrels, members of the Rodent Family, not the Dog Family at all, are already called Prairie Dogs. In all of Canada, the only location to find those mammals (the Black-tailed Prairie Dogs) is in Grassland National Park near Val Marie, SK.

Before Europeans came to North America, the only Dog Family members that early settlers encountered as they advanced across eastern North America were wolves and foxes. Coyotes were restricted mainly to the desert areas of the American southwest. Wolves kill coyotes when they meet. Those European settlers made a point of relentlessly killing wolves, in part because of old-world "myths" which implied that healthy wolves killed humans (there has never been an authenticated case of that happening), and partly because they viewed wolves as competitors for the remaining wild game which they also hunted, far fewer then, restricted in numbers by the closed forests. Also, when other wildlife species were low in numbers, a few wolves may have killed some domestic livestock to avoid starvation. (In many cases, the livestock may have perished from other causes, even their own domestic dogs, but the wolves, which ate the carrion were erroneously blamed).

By the time most settlers reached the prairies, all the Bison were exterminated too, so wolves, which had fed on them, had virtually disappeared as well. With that top predator gone, this left a vacant niche. There was still an abundance of food -- small mammals such as mice, ground squirrels and hares, so the Coyote moved in. They assumed the role of top predator, as best as they could, attempting to restore and keep the ecosystem healthy. Now found throughout North America (except where wolves still exist), they are in every mainland USA state and Canadian province, even Newfoundland, having reached there by crossing on winter sea-ice. Adults Coyotes look like medium-sized dogs, weighing 10 to 20 kilograms. They are mostly grey with rusty-coloured fur on top of the muzzle and on their ears, legs and feet. Their nose is more pointed than dogs and the tail is bushier -- when frightened they run with it between their hind legs. More often heard than seen, they give various "Yip, yip" cries, and often maniacal barks and howls. One or two may sound like a dozen. Coyotes are completely monogamous, a characteristic rare among mammals. They establish their territory in late fall, scent-marking it to tell others of their species that the area is already occupied. Each pair breeds in mid-winter. They establish and maintain several dens, usually on slopes in a wooded area. After a gestation period of 63 days the female gives birth to 5 to 7 (rarely as many as 10) blind pups. Their eyes open at ten days and they first venture outside at about three weeks of age. Shortly after that, they begin to eat meat. At first the male does all the hunting, bringing food for the nursing mother. Once the young take solid food, the female joins the male to help feed the fast growing young. The two make a more efficient hunting team, often running after the game in relays, or one waits to ambush it as it returns. At about two months of age, the young join their parents, learning to pounce on mice and voles, to pursue rabbits and hares, and other strategies for survival. The young tend to stay together or often socialize as a family group, especially when they find large carrion. Usually they pair off that first winter, to restart the annual life cycle.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-23 7:27]

Hi Rick,

A great and indeed funny (he already got the taste of the grouns squirrel in his mouth),well captured with good colors and details,well done and tfs


Nice capture. IMHO on my monitor it looks as though you could boost the contrast and saturation just a little, and perhaps dodge the eyes to make them stand out a bit more.

Hi Rick.
Excellent capture of this moment of anticipation. Composition of this stance and detail is perfect. Slight grey hue on my screen, could be just an adjustment in the levels. I'll try a workshop on the histogram for you.
Perfect attention focus on him, great.

New Zealand

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-23 11:18]

Hi Rick
Great capture, the licking makes it even more lively.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-23 11:32]

Hi Rick,

Wonderful timing to catch him licking his lips. I'm afraid to think what he will eat or just ate. Wonderful colors and details showing his rather unkempt coat. Nice to see him on green instead of the brown here.


Hello Rick
Wonderful shot of this Coyote,
Perfect pose, lighting and compo,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-23 16:07]

Hi Rick. Lucky you to have seen this . The pose is just great. very good timing on your part. fine detail and sharp focus.he is a fine looking beast. very well done TFS. with excellent notes as well/.


Well gosh, it just wouldn't be fair if I didn't comment on this wonderful shot of your coyote when you did on mine. This is very nice capture Rick, I would have to say that Kathleen's workshop really brings the best of this picture out, but your image still is a great capture. :)

Hi Rick,
great looking capture of this coyote and your included note is superb.Nice to think you met up with an old friend when you took this photo,I know for sure if that happened to me I couldn't forget a face or wild friend,names are a different story however.I know that the light while you were on vacation was tough but you aced this shot and that is all I can say.Thanks for sharing this wonderful looking photo with the world. Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-23 22:51]

Hello Rick

Another here comes supper shot.A lovely wilderness shot,well composed.I really like the surroundings with all the wild flowers.The coyote is well focused with sharp details and excellent colours.The timing to get the licking the chops is priceless.You get the sense that something is about to go down.Very nicely done.TFS


Hi Rick,
Very nice moment again...
Beautiful coyote. Frozen very well during the walk and with the tongue visible.
Excellent fore- and background.
Well done

Belle prise, magnifiques détails.

Very nice capture Rick.
I love the way the coyote is liking it's lips just thinking about the juice prey he's going to catch later on.
Composition is very good and details in the fur are wonderfully viseble due to excellent exposure.
Altough I like what Kathleen did in her WS, I still think colors are a little flat in this image.
It gould use a little more contrast and I've got the feeling that there is some blue color cast in the image.
I also did rework it a little in photoshop.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Hi Rick , you captured the moment wonderfully . I've watched these guys at a distance , and they are comical to no end . It's too bad you didn't capture a pounce , but this is great , too . I wish I could get closer to our pack , but some other farmers are still not well informed about these wonderful prairie hunters . Let's all hope our uninformed friends wake up before it's too late . I know I have , thanks to everyone on TN . TFS , Kevin .

Happy CANADA Day Rick!

Sharp looking , lip smacking coyote!!! Kinda how I feel about being in AB! < Soon! Many morsels waiting for me??? >

Sorry for brief comment, am about to hit the road...
so can only do this while eating supper!
Then back to packing! See you in AB! Jay

Hi Rick,
I have finally gotten myself organized enough to get back on TN. I haven't checked out all your postings yet. I'm curious about your Glacier trip. We were there just before the 4th of July. We wanted to beat the crowds but were still too soon for the snow melt on the higher trails. Then of course Logan Pass was closed due to landslide. Seems to me they should have mentioned that on their website! : P Oh well, it opened before we left but the trails out of there were closed, so it will have to wait till another day. We still managed to get some good wildlife shots which eventually I will post (charging bull moose!, baby moose, baby goats and just to make you jealous we witnessed a grizzly sow and yearling cub playing on a snow bank.... going up and sliding down...up and down and up and down...really cool! BUT I only had my landscape lenses. Still got semi decent shots. We hiked back up a couple of days later carrying better gear, but alas no bears...not even any snow bank. It was worth a try though. Got some good landscape shots.

I like your coyote. We have become fond of them after photographing so many in Yellowstone...a couple of dens with pups and some rare huge white coyotes too. I got a shot of a baby licking its lips like yours in anticipation of mom regurgitating her ground squirrel catches. We learned that coyotes can bring the pups 12 pounds of meat in their stomachs.

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