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A Coyote

A Coyote
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada, Canidae, 40 points or more (Chapter 5)., Ecomuseum, Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-26 6:51
Viewed: 4787
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Coyote
Canis latrans

(Same note as yesterday)

Food & Hunting:
A coyote travels over its range and hunts both day and night, running swiftly and catching prey easily. It has a varied diet and seems able to exist on whatever the area offers in the way of food. Coyotes eat meat and fish, either fresh or spoiled, and at times eat fruit and vegetable matter and have even been known to raid melon patches.
Although the coyote has been observed killing sheep, poultry and other livestock, it does not subsist on domestic animals. Food habit studies reveal that its principle diet is composed of mice, rabbits, ground squirrels, other small rodents, insects, even reptiles, and fruits and berries of wild plants.
The coyote is an opportunistic predator that uses a variety of hunting techniques to catch small mammals likes rabbits and squirrels, which comprise the bulk of its diet. Although it hunts alone to catch small prey, it may join with others in hunting larger mammals like young deer or a pony.
The coyote often tracks its prey using its excellent sense of smell, then stalks it for 20-30 minutes before pouncing. It may also take advantage of its stamina to chase its prey over long distances, and then strike when the quarry is exhausted.
In the dry season they may try to dig for water or find a cattle tank to have a drink. They also derive moisture from their diet. Everything they eat has some moisture in it. There are also the Coyote Melons which grow in the desert. To humans, they taste terrible but they provide moisture and coyotes and javelina are about the only animals that eat them.
Urban coyotes do take advantage of swimming pools, dog water dishes, ponds and water hazards at golf courses and other water bearing human artifacts as a source of moisture. However, the majority of coyotes never see people.

Taken at the Ecomuseum.

I hope you like him.

Toni, Comandante, red45, dew77, marhowie, LordPotty, Fisher, angybone, JennHen, sAner, liquidsunshine, PDP, Signal-Womb, ellis49, Callie, annagrace has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-26 6:53]

Salut Luc
Magnifique portrait. J'aime bien son regard. La lumière est splendide ainsi que les détails. Excellent travail.
Salutations Toni

Wonderful shot Luc!
Details,DOF,wet nose and composition are perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

Superb POV and expression captured Luc. Great, great profile shot..I like it!!!

Lovely portrait Luc. He looks quite subdued and either unaware or not bothered by your presence. A very complete note makes this another great post.

Luc, une belle image du Coyote.
Excelent composition and well done with this portrait.


His expression is sad because he's so misunderstood. Driving down the highway less than a month ago, I passed a ranch where someone had killed five or six coyotes and their bodies were hanging in the trees as a warning to others. The site made me ill. But in Texas, people are convinced the coyotes will destroy livestock. I shiver when I think . . .
What a beautiful animal so demonized!

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2005-04-26 10:40]

Luc, another fine picture. Your note as always is very informative. Other than the obvious compositional excellence, I like the animals expression, which is almost sad.
Well done

Excellent details & sharpness, perfect composition and great colours.

I like how he fills the frame - might prefer if shot was little more to left and cropped on right - to eliminate all BG, have more space for him to look back on, and get his face out of the center. Nice to see this coyote up close, as they are so quick and furtive that I never have good opportunity for this. Nice note, too. TFS, -Jenn

Wonderful portrait Luc,
Nice details, colours and sharpness. Well composed.
Thanks for posting

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-26 15:50]

Hello Luc, this is super. The whole frame being filled and that lovely face enclosed. Very nice pose and composition. Very well done.

Very nice followup to yesterdays post Luc. Marvelous detail and a great expression, very well done.

Nice portrait Luc.
Good expression, nice pose and well composed.
Very good details and colours.
Well done, my friend.

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-27 2:09]

Oh what a sad look he has in his eyes. It's a beautiful picture Luc! Great furdetail, superb colors and well exposed. Composition, POV & DOF are very good. TFS!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-27 2:58]
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But why are you so sad Mr.Coyote? Great portrait photo Luc - I like POV and composition, warm light and warm colours of his fur. Pity that he isn't smiling...

I don't know why but green face dissapeared?

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-27 2:59]

Superb photo Luc!
Sad expression on the face,details,DOF and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

I would love to visit your Ecomuseum. You have taken stunning images of a wide variety of animals. It must be an amazing place. This coyote is another fine example from this place. You have again captured it in awesome detail. Thanks Luc. It's a great shot.

A great picture that speaks with so much emotion! Great Job!

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-22 13:30]

Wiley E Coyote looks very dinified on this picture, not up to his normal sneaky looks like his cousin the jackal here in SA. Very nice POPV and wet nose is a bonus - TFS

A really great capture, Luc! I like the expression on his face. His coat is so much heavier than I have seen before (in Southern California). I guess they have to grow them thicker up there!

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