On a hike today, as I was nearing Sacajawea Peak I caught a glimpse of motion quite a distance ahead of me on the trail and just had time to get the camera into action to catch this guy. I sure wish I could have gotten closer, but he didn’t get that big by not being alert and cautious.
I got three shots of him, all hand-held at 12X, then cropped them to give a good look at one truly beautiful coyote. It was obvious from the scat he left laying around that he has been eating mostly rabbits (I have seen quite a few Showshoes in the area), and he’s in an area remote enough (about 5 miles from the nearest road) to be quite safe from humans. He has a good life.
The first photo I’ve posted is the original size at 12X. The next is a crop of it, then the next two are just cropped versions of the other two shots. My wife was a little spooked by the last one: that is an intense look!