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A Final Look Back

A Final Look Back
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Coyote photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-23 13:38
Viewed: 3394
Points: 34
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Hi All,
I went missing yesterday as I lost my internet after picking up a new modem. I have some catching up to do. This Coyote was captured in the Cypress Hills in October. Coyotes in National and Provincial parks act way different then the ones on public land where they are shot at, this fellow just walked away from us as if we were no threat.

Coyote is an animal that belongs to the canine family. Its appearance, shape and size, is such that it looks quite similar to a medium-sized Collie dog. However, unlike dogs, the tail of a coyote is round and bushy and is carried straight out, below the level of its back. Often known by the name of Prairie Wolf, a coyote is found inhabiting North and Central America, including the countries of Panama Mexico, United States, Canada and even Alaska. At present, there are currently 19 recognized subspecies of coyotes, 16 in Canada, Mexico the United States, and 3 in Central America. To help you know the animal better, we have provided some interesting facts and amazing information about it, in the lines below.

Facts about Coyote

Binomial Name: Canis latrans
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. latrans
Subspecies: 19
Length: 30 to 40 inches (75 to 100 cm)
Weight: 7 to 21 kg (15 to 46 lbs)
Number of Teeth: 42
Color: Grayish-brown to Yellowish-gray
Hearing (upper frequency limit): 80 kHZ
Chasing Speed: Up to 69 km/hr (43 mph)
Diet: Carnivorous, with a 90% mammalian diet
Natural Habitat: North and Central America
Age: 15 years
Age of Maturity: 12 months
Gestation Period: 60 to 63 days
Number of Offspring: 1 to 19 pups (average being 6)

Interesting & Amazing Information on Coyotes

As an aggressive gesture, the tail of a coyote becomes bushier and turns sideways.
A coyote’s sense of hearing is very good and is used for finding food and avoiding predators.
Coyotes walk on their toes and have a very well-developed sense of smell too. In fact, they can even detect a prey scurrying below snow.
Coyotes make use of holes for the purpose of sleeping as well as giving birth to their pups.
A scared coyote will hold its head low and tuck its tail between the legs, just like a dog.
Coyotes are mostly active during the early morning and at twilight.
Coyotes use their urine to mark their territory.
Though a coyote becomes sexually mature at around 12 months, it usually mates after attaining 2 years of age.
Coyotes usually hunt in groups of 2-3.
Coyotes converse through a number of ways. They howl to communicate, yelp in case of celebration or criticism and howl while calling their pups.
Coyote usually supply live mice to their pups, for hunting practice.
The movement and position of a coyote’s ears communicate its mood and rank.
Coyotes select a mate when they are around 2 years old and stay with him/her throughout their life.
The diet of a coyote consists of mice, rabbits, insects, frogs, fruits, lizards and a host of other food items.
Coyotes are clever enough to trick other animals and even birds.
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-23 13:44]

Hello Rick,
interesting that catches yours.
Very good this particular POV. Details and colors are top, congratulations.
Have a nice day,

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2010-02-23 14:04]


You are a hunter... the folage on the right is a bit of a distraction .. I would try one with it croped mostly out .. ability 10+ hunting skill .. no numbers can quantify the knowledge and skill that it takes to consistantily find game and capture it ...

well done

TFS Scott

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-23 15:11]

Hi Rick

Greetings from the BA departure lounge at JFK. Superb pose with great framing and detail. Love the eye contact.

Best wishes


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-23 15:44]

Hi Rick,

I've always said how much more beautiful your coyotes are than the ones in Tucson. The look he is giving you is just precious. A wonderful looking animal with the prettiest eyes. I love the snowy setting. Wasn't that a lot of snow for October?


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-23 15:57]

Hi Rick,this was a lucky meeting and this is a magic pic,whit the quality over the top and whit a guest inside so nice and so rare...fantastic composition,thanks for share,Luciano

hello Rick

what a lovely photo of this Coyote with his beautiful
glance on you, very fine POV and the way it is framed,
superb focus sharpness and details, the off focus
vegetation did not disturb at all and add a frame
to this lovely view of the Coyote, TFS very much,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-23 21:26]

Hello Rick
Nice capture, I like composition, colors and details

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-23 23:24]

Hello Rick,
An excellent shot on this coyote. Exposure looks great! Beautiful colors in this nice soft light. Detail looks superb. Great eye contact.
Best regards Siggi

hello my friend Rick,
this is very beautiful scene of wild life, the quality on subject is superb, looking beautiful with calm but also reserve, it's a great moment and photo!
"keep photographing!" TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-23 23:40]

Hi Rick,
Another great work.I liked POV,framing pose of fox and eye
contact a lot.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting..

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  • nokk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 21] (214)
  • [2010-02-23 23:41]

hi Rick,
excellent you've caught! I really like how it's framed in the environment, the look that is millions! have never seen a coyote but I do not think that I want to be so close to him!:)) congratulations!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-24 1:57]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful photo of this coyote in a very nice pose with eye-contact. Good sharpness, details and natural colours.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-24 2:52]

Hi, dear Rick.
After so long pause I am very glad to see you here with new and as usual great wild picture. With your new equipment you have create a wonderful coyote shot. Very impressive pose and glance of the cute animal and pictorial scenery. Thanks a lot and my greetings.

Hello Rick,
Good eye contact from this coyote. I like the composition and the animal is sharp. Despite the conditions of strong light and shadow, the overall exposure of the photo is well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-24 5:38]

Hi Rick
What a beautiful composition.Great low POV and outstanding pose,I love the way he is looking at you.Very sharp image to
TFS Michel

Hi Rick,

What a terrific wildlife shot! The scene has a very peaceful look to it. Your use of light, sharp focusing and framing provide an attractive presentation. You captured the coyote looking in your direction, mildly interested, but, as you said not acting threatened at all. The surrounding terrain give us a taste of a coyote's winter environment. Well done!

I wondered how your image would look if the top right foliage were removed. Therefore, I did a workshop showing the photo in portrait. I tried to retain the character of the shot, while removing the tree -- or, at least, almost all of it. I noticed after I had done the WS that Scott had suggested that such a cropping might be done also.


Hello Rick,
Good composition with nice eye contact and natural colors.

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