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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Coyote Encounter

About a half mile in
About a mile or so into our hike this morning Becca and I crested a small bluff and discovered two Coyotes lying down to the south of us.  They spotted us right away and got up to go.  They weren't in a big hurry to get away, but there was too much desert flora between us for me to get a good photo of them.  A moment later, when one cleared the underbrush and stopped to look back, I realized they'd been eating.  One was chewing on a rabbit leg, probably from the Coyotes' joint fresh kill.  After it had finished with the bone the Coyote licked its chops and stood for a good while staring back at us.  It was really staring at Becca, as you can tell from the angle of its gaze.  I always love running into Coyotes while trekking in the desert.
Why do Black-throated Sparrows look so mean when they stare at you?

Much nicer look

"Everything's coming up roses . . ."

Can you spot the Trickster?

Gnawing on a rabbit leg

Caught your attention, did we?

The Coyote (Canis latrans) is staring at Becca

Boy that rabbit leg was good

Just about time to skedaddle

See ya

Had to check out that stare once more

Coyote's direction of departure

Flank of Tortugas and the Organ Mountains

Meep Meep

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

That's a funny photo of the coyote licking its chops. I wonder what he/she was thinking about when looking at Becca.

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