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1711_3226 Coyote | by wild prairie man
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1711_3226 Coyote

I wasn't planning to post this as it isn't "perfect" - whatever that means. But then a couple of friends here on Flickr posted wildlife images that were less than perfect, yet interesting, so here it is, from two years ago.


Coyote was eating snow. That is their only option in the deep freeze of winter, when water does not exist in liquid form. It was a cold, late November morning, and there were only a few isolated patches of snow. She had gotten used to my car, and allowed me to park fairly close by while she carried on her daily activities.


And then, she did a half-stretch, lowering and almost rolling her head. Oddly, half of her face and part of her body is blurred, while the other parts aren't, and I don't quite know how she accomplished that. And she's looking directly at me, a strange look that I don't know how to interpret. It looks like a submissive posture or an invitation to play, but the pinned-back ears suggest anxiety. Perhaps a combination of the above? Any suggestions?


Photographed in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission © 2017 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

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Taken on November 29, 2017