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Coyote Pouncing

Coyote Pouncing
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Copyright: Clay Brown (cwbrown) (16)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D60, Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S 1:4-5.6 G ED DX VR, 52mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Coyote photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-15 15:50
Viewed: 3821
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was the first of four coyotes that we saw on the afternoon of the same day that we saw the swans. We saw this one just West of Madison campground, the second was about another mile west, and the final two were a breeding pair which we saw on the Madison River about a mile from the West Entrance.

We watched this one hunt voles under the snow for about 20 minutes before he moved on toward the river to try his luck on the ducks and loons which were there. As he was hunting he would take two or three steps and pause to listen for squeaking under the snow. We could tell he was getting ready to pounce when his tail would start to twitch. At that point he would take a long pause before exploding into the air and diving face first into the snow. He didn't catch anything on this pounce, but he did catch two while we were watching.

Definitely a treat for all of us.

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hello Clay

and welcome to TrekNature, you are starting with a excellent action
photo of the Coyote hunting field mouse, fine POV, i love that
it is from far and we can see his snowy environment with him,
you shooted the photo at the best moment the Coyote in mid-air
with fine focus sharpness and details, yesterday night at the
Vermont Public Television, at Nature i watched
The Druid wolves of Yellowstone and also coyotes, bears
others wild animals and it is a place of dream for wildlife photographers,

TFS (thanks for sharing)


Hi Clay,
Welcome to TN! Great action capture here, right at the perfect moment - always tough! Enjoyed your note. Reminds me of the way Ethiopian Wolves hunt rodents.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-15 18:32]

Hello Clay,
Welcome to TrekNature, this is a marvelous capture. I too have watch in delight at the tactics used by coyotes and foxes for catching prey under the snow. Great job Clay, hope to see many more from you.

Hello Clay,
Once again you post a fine photo for us to enjoy viewing. I love the action you wee able to capture along with the sharp focus. Nicely shown with natural coloration. It's really hard to get good detail when your BG is all white like this, but you managed very well.
I did a work shop on this image and tried to bring out some of the colors in his beautiful coat. Hope you don't mind.

nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • BB007 (11)
  • [2010-02-16 6:24]

Hello Clay,
I wish I could watch this myself one day. Thanks for describing this moment for us.

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