Perspective is every thing! A new camera and a different angle of view makes a lot of difference when trying to photograph Coyotes.
OH – and the bait as well.
In the past this blog has stressed what not to do such as leaving bird feeders unattended, letting debris and litter stack up on the ground. It draws bait – er . . I mean rodents and small game such as the rabbit pictured above. As it turns out there are also plants that have seed and seed pods left over from the past summer. This author has discovered that these seed sources not only draw small four legged game but birds as well. Unfortunately, the birds draw household cats (pets maybe). The trail camera kept recording cats but those random pictures just did not seem appropriate for a blog about Coyotes. Talk about the wrong perspective! Several articles presented here reflect that cats, along with small dogs are often Coyote fodder. But that is a story for another edition. Back to the pictured rabbit. Seems the Coyote was hot on the scent of the rabbit! Several pictures show the rabbit then a few minutes later, the Coyote shows up with his nose to the ground as seen in the above picture. Yes, one photo is dated several days before giving the impression the Coyote was a bit early. Let us just say that they did cross paths and there is now one less rabbit in the neighborhood. Last evening several Coyotes were howling away down by the river. Maybe, it was because there is a newcomer to the Coyotes, an owl.
This bad boy (girl?) stood about two feet high and in flight, appeared to have a six foot wing span. The lighting was not what is pictured, it was actually late sunset / early evening. Very limited lighting at best. For you photographers out there – Canon Rebel T3i, F 3.5, telephoto lens at 200mm and shutter speed around 125. Post processing to clean up noise and finally, cropped to the subject. OK – it was not the trail camera but who said wildlife was going to be on the trail camera only? The Coyote Cam is attempting an improved photography mode in the coming months. The advanced mode should drastically improve quality.
How was your Thanksgiving?
I hope it was a good one!
Stay tuned – there is more to come from the Coyote Cam.