“Just Mom Returning South”, by Charles Wood

Sunday I observed from the bridge looking north into the 100 acre sanctuary.  My goal was to photograph one or more of my coyotes scooting under a chain link fence’s gate.  The fence encloses the sanctuary.  The gate allows service vehicles and coyotes to pass between the areas to the north and to the south.

Mom came sauntering down the road towards the gate.  I lifted my camera and she halted at once.  She stared at me for a few moments and sat down.  Coyotes are able to sit and watch for lengths of time unendurable to me in fading light.  Just the evening before she and two others had fled south from the northern area and had ignored my presence.  Now she walked and sat as though she owned the north.  I crossed the street to look south from the bridge.  I hoped at least to get a picture of her passing into their field.

I waited a quarter hour before seeing her.  She surprised me.  I didn’t see her passing into their field.  Instead she popped out of the brush moving east to west just south of the bridge.  Then she bent her front legs and sprung her shoulders up, front legs rising almost off the ground.  Her display conveyed displeasure and was followed by her marking dirt.  These aggressive displays were the first I’ve received from her.  She calmed down and lingered long enough to be photographed.  The flash startled her though from that she recovered quickly.  Then she continued south and, before going very far, left the road for cover.  I neither saw nor heard other coyotes and left in just under another hour.

Posting written by Charles Wood. Visit Charles Wood’s website for these and more coyote photos: Charles Wood. His work is copyrighted and may only be used with his explicit permission.

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