Bosque del Apache: Epilogue
Her pale yellow eyes were locked on to me and I “felt” them before I saw her. My attention was fixed on the male standing astride the road about a half-mile distant. I knew I couldn’t get a quality photograph that far away but any opportunity to record an image of a Coyote had to be grasped. As I snapped the shutter for the fourth time was when that “feeling” happened. Glancing up from the viewfinder, she was about 50 yards from me, standing in the grass and staring intently. At me.
My inner photographer said “lay down for a better angle”! Practical me said “coyotes can run 40 mph”. She had hypnotized me. I ever-so-slowly pointed the camera and squeezed the shutter release. She took a few deliberate steps in my direction triggering my flight response and then abruptly turned around and sniffed the air.
For the next ten minutes, I was privileged to watch one of nature’s apex predators hunt along the edge of a marsh.
This pair of coyotes (Canis latrans) were accustomed to humans within the refuge. Otherwise, I have no doubt I would never have seen them at all.
With a glance at her mate where some invisible (by me) communication occurred, she returned to his side and they melted into the scrub. She first turned and glared at me one last time to ensure I knew this was HER space. I was convinced.
A very special memory out of many.
Thank you again, Son, for making this possible.
Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit!