"MARCO POLO" - Coyote

February 15, 2024  •  Leave a Comment


Coyote - 6 Photos


So hopefully no one is weary of reading blogs about coyotes & seeing their photographs. But my philosophy in wildlife photography has always been, while the sightings are good, go with the flow. :) And I admit I have always loved to photograph coyotes in the wild but these last few months have allowed more of an insight into their family interactions & how integral they are to the balance of Nature's eco-systems.


Now I had two other options for a title for this particular set of photos. For example:

1. Coyotes Singing Hallelujah

2. Coyotes Howling Hallelujah


So why did I go with "Marco Polo", the game played by children usually in a swimming pool. For those not familiar with the rules:

One person is chosen to be "it" he/she closes his/her eyes and gets on one end of the swimming pool. He/she counts to 10 and shouts "Marco" and all the others in the pool shout "Polo". The one that shouts "Marco" has to try and catch one of the persons who shouts "Polo". It can be shouted as much as possible. Once he/she catches a person, then that person is now "it". 


In this instance, the following changes apply:

1. Substitute "Coyote" for "Person";

2. Substitute "Meadow" for "Swimming Pool"; and

3. Eliminate the physical "counting to 10", perhaps :)


I saw two of the three sibling coyotes running down from the ridge and across the meadow. Then somewhere between the meadow & the woods, they became separated and the smaller one disappeared from sight. The larger of the two crossed the frozen pond, came up the bank and began "singing" profusely, which is when I managed to capture the action.


This coyote then proceeded to walk towards a creek and out from the other side of the woods, dashed the smaller coyote. Am not certain if there had been a response from the second coyote. There are, of course, vocalizations from wildlife that are beyond a person's hearing. However, it was a very quick reunion & then both literally ran for the hills and out of sight. You just have to love these two siblings. The youngest/smallest is definitely a female & having examined some of the photographs, I'm tending to lean towards the second one is too. So hopefully they will have at least another year together, each watching out for the other.










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