It’s no secret to those that know me, I have been wanting to capture some amazing photos of coyotes. This has especially plagued me since the time that I lost some great images after a download error and a rookie mistake. Well recently, my hope finally came true... but it didn’t come without patience and perseverance.
I arrived well before daybreak. I packed all of my equipment, my pop-up blind, etc. and hiked to a place that I had scouted and been to other days prior. After arriving to my spot, I was happy to shed all of the gear and it’s weight that was beginning to take a toll on my back. I then setup. My location and setup was done with careful consideration. I put my blind at the bottom of a levee, near the waters edge. In this way, I would be eye level or below the coyotes traveling on the levee. I would also have dead grass close to my lens that would make great foreground blur. I was facing the direction where I thought they would be coming, I was downwind, and if they came, they would be side lit. I did not have an option of setting up for front lighting because of the direction of the levees. Now I was setup and my work was done... I was inside the blind and the wait began. The sun began to rise, I was silent, and I waited.
THEN IT HAPPENED!
About 30 minutes after daybreak, I noticed a disturbance of birds in the distance. Could something be coming? Then silence... after a short time, I had the eerie feeling that I wasn’t alone and that something was looking at me. I saw a shadow move in the tall grass in the distance... it was a coyote! She did not see me but she saw the blind that she had never seen before. She began all the movements of uncertainty common to all elusive predators. She could not decide if she wanted to pass by this foreign object. There were three other coyotes trailing her but they stayed behind in the distance. As I shook with excitement and adrenalin, I began to work the camera... composition, double checking exposure and making adjustments. I did not want to lose this moment! After a brief time, which seemed like an eternity, she decided she would not pass where I was located but would seek another route. As she slowly disappeared on the levee behind the tall dead grass, I sat there shaking in excitement and truly awe-inspired about the beauty of what I had just experienced.
And now, I share it with you...