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I See You

I See You
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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: 2011-11-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-31 5:36
Viewed: 2589
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Canis latrans

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Coyotes are the original true 'prairie dogs'! Unfortunately, a group of large-bodied ground squirrels, members of the Rodent Family, not the Dog Family at all, are already called Prairie Dogs. In all of Canada, the only location to find those mammals (the Black-tailed Prairie Dogs) is in Grassland National Park near Val Marie, SK.

Before Europeans came to North America, the only Dog Family members that early settlers encountered as they advanced across eastern North America were wolves and foxes. Coyotes were restricted mainly to the desert areas of the American southwest. Wolves kill coyotes when they meet. Those European settlers made a point of relentlessly killing wolves, in part because of old-world "myths" which implied that healthy wolves killed humans (there has never been an authenticated case of that happening), and partly because they viewed wolves as competitors for the remaining wild game which they also hunted, far fewer then, restricted in numbers by the closed forests. Also, when other wildlife species were low in numbers, a few wolves may have killed some domestic livestock to avoid starvation. (In many cases, the livestock may have perished from other causes, even their own domestic dogs, but the wolves, which ate the carrion were erroneously blamed).

By the time most settlers reached the prairies, all the Bison were exterminated too, so wolves, which had fed on them, had virtually disappeared as well. With that top predator gone, this left a vacant niche. There was still an abundance of food -- small mammals such as mice, ground squirrels and hares, so the Coyote moved in. They assumed the role of top predator, as best as they could, attempting to restore and keep the ecosystem healthy. Now found throughout North America (except where wolves still exist), they are in every mainland USA state and Canadian province, even Newfoundland, having reached there by crossing on winter sea-ice. Adults Coyotes look like medium-sized dogs, weighing 10 to 20 kilograms. They are mostly grey with rusty-coloured fur on top of the muzzle and on their ears, legs and feet. Their nose is more pointed than dogs and the tail is bushier -- when frightened they run with it between their hind legs. More often heard than seen, they give various "Yip, yip" cries, and often maniacal barks and howls. One or two may sound like a dozen. In the city, they are often heard serenading a fire, police or ambulance siren.
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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-31 5:57]

Splendid capture of this beauty in a perfect pose, Rick!
Excellent sharpness and beautiful light; fantastic eye contact.
A beauty!!

Hi Rick, Very nice to see you again here on TN my good friend, Splendid capture of this fine alert Coyote, nice eye contact, superb exposure/white balance that compliments these lovely natural colours, excellent work here Rick, a real pleasure to view, TFS,
Best Regards,


Very nice DOF to the background Rick. That Coyote hasn't got one hair out of place. A beautiful animal. It's framed nicely but a lower point of view would be better I think to even out his eyes a bit. But then you might have lost your nice background. The colours are great and even right throughout. A great shot. Trevor

Hello Rick,

Very nice shot! I know how hard is to took a shot like this to an very elusive animal.


Hallo Rick
I am not sure if I am more happy to see a posting from you or happy because of the great picture that I see in front of me. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful portrait of this Coyote looking me straight in the eye. The light in its eyes and the black lining alongside its eyes is stunning. Thanks for sharing. I hope you return more often. Best regards.

Hello Rick,
He felt your presence and looked directly to you. Great eye contact, excellent details and nice colours for this beautiful portrait. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-31 11:52]

Hello Rick.
A great portrait, fantastic pose, great colours and texture.A very nice image.
Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hello Rick

Great portrait shot of this Coyote, with fine POV
and framing, beautiful soft light and color tones,
excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful eye-contact of the Coyote, TFS


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-01-31 12:12]

At first I thought unusual compo, so much space on the right but once opened I saw the grass giving a plus to the picture

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-31 18:17]

Hello Rick,
Not sure how you manage to capture such awesome images of wolves and coyotes, but this is a winner in my book. We have plenty of coyotes around here, but they are mainly nocturnal. You are fortunate to even catch a glimpse of one let alone get a shot of them.
Love the close crop, as it gives us a great look at the beautiful facial features of this elusive canine. I really like the intense gaze on his face as he cautiously checks you out. Well done!!

Great portrait Rick! Beautiful animal, very good composition, wonderful soft colors and impressive sharpness!

so beautiful and elegant animal, great portrait in your composition, with very fine performance!
regards Rick

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