On the Move

On the Move.
 
Coyotes get a bad rap in life. They are really a great indicator of how an environment is doing. They wander around and eat rodents and other small prey. That’s a good thing. People think there are too many coyotes and are dangerous to us. First, they aren’t going to over populate and kill themselves off, so they only reproduce as to the amount of prey available. Secondly, we build subdivisions in areas that used to be woods or fields, which was probably where the coyotes lived prior to the development, and then complain we are seeing the coyotes. Coyotes eat small prey, which includes the feral cats and other cats folks don’t keep in their homes, then complain their pet got eaten when it stepped out of the house and into the food chain. It doesn’t seem to bother those same folks that their cats are killing the songbirds… Please keep your domesticated animals under control, let the wild animals stay wild.
 
This was a coyote that Cecil and I photographed in several locations in Cades Cove a couple of weeks ago. We saw it being photographed by large groups just trying to do its thing. Once we got around the crowds and were off photographing something else, it seemed to just be curious, from a distance, as to what we were doing. It never approached us for food, which is great, and it simply hunted giving us a special opportunity. No crowds, just us and the coyote. Patience is once again rewarded.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and PH20 Gimbal head, MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear
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4 Responses to “On the Move”

  1. A fine support statement for the sometimes hated coyote that dwell in the neighoods surrounding our homes. They are crafty animals and will persist despite civilization and should be admired!
    Ray Davis

  2. People seem to forget there’s a reason for all life forms. If their pets are important, then keep them home where they belong.

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