Meet “Hunter”: Gold Medalist in High Airborne Pouncing

Coyotes are as individual, unique and different in their competencies as are people: for instance, not every coyote is endowed with the same pouncing ability, or has perfected that skill to the extent this fellow has. He consistently gives stellar leaping performances, day after day after day.

All of the following photos are of that single coyote I have named “Hunter”.  His exceptional skill consists of ease in springing up high, aiming, and then either diving directly down with an added end-bounce, or first sailing through the air for a few feet before his dive. He has eliminated all the extraneous movements which might make another coyote look more clumsy or awkward at times. I’m mesmerized each time I watch him. And usually his only reward is an itsy bitsy little field mouse in the end. I’ve come to believe he’s not in it for the reward, he just seems to love springing up and sailing energetically and efficiently through the air — and that’s probably why he’s so good at it.

Press on each of the photo groups to see them enlarged, and watch the video above which I’ve slowed down so you can appreciate his every move.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindie White
    Oct 15, 2018 @ 01:56:01

    AH! I love this SO MUCH! Reminds me to enjoy the journey (vs be overly concerned with the destination). And I am in awe of his athleticism and JOY! I love the photo with the mouse in his mouth!


  2. Alice Chan
    Oct 17, 2018 @ 01:24:59

    Too bad the video isn’t runable, (500 internal server error) but the photos are terrific!


  3. Kathy
    Oct 18, 2018 @ 01:11:19

    He’s amazing!


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