A Coyote’s breakfast leaps

Leaping Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9854-3

This morning I found a coyote skittering along the ditch on Highway 8 in between Bragg Creek and Springbank.  At first, I thought it was an older pup but then I realized it was an adult in its sleek summer coat.  I often photograph coyotes in the cooler months when they have their heavier jackets on so I’ll forgive myself the initial error.  I believe this one was a female and she was absolutely beautiful.  I was worried when I spotted her as she seemed to be trying to cross the road amid pretty steady traffic.  Watching her, it became apparent that she and a couple of ravens were attracted to some bits of roadkill on the highway.

Leaping Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9737

It was a relief when she slipped under the fence towards a field with an open stand of broken and weathered trees.  She turned her attention towards hunting for field mice and that’s where the fun really began.

Fencline Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9766

Turns out she is an accomplished hunter and I was delighted to watch her successfully catch two mice on three jumps.  Of those leaps, I was in good position for two of them and am happy with the action caught.

Leaping Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9853

The image above is the start of the first leap.  The image at the top of this post was the next image as she was fully airborne.

Leaping Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9860

The whole sequence from target acquisition to landing is efficient and I admired the focus, power and dexterity she showed.  The three leaps all occurred within a short 2-3 minute stretch.  On either side, she favoured me with a few inquisitive looks.

Forest Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9773

Leaping Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9883

After a total of fifteen minutes she crossed a gravel back road and disappeared into the heavy scrub brush on the other side.

Gravel road Coyote - © Christopher Martin-9898

12 responses

  1. Pingback: A coyote’s stroll across the fields | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. waw *-* it’s very very beautiful!

    November 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  3. Beautiful photos.

    July 28, 2015 at 1:24 pm

  4. Inger

    Lovely – great photos of her jumping! Nice catch. She is beautiful for sure:)

    July 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  5. Beautiful. Two out of three isn’t bad!

    July 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

  6. Hillechien Prins

    Beatigul and stunning pictures of this wild animal that we only can admire in a zoo

    July 25, 2015 at 12:54 am

  7. AWESOME!!

    July 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  8. AMAZING!!!

    July 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  9. Awesome Coyote series mate. Coyotes are one of my animals.

    July 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  10. Such an amazing capture!! Great pics 🙂
    P. S – Do check out my writings too 🙂

    July 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

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