© janet m. webb

for Six Word Saturday

  1. She looks healthy and I don’t see a low belly hanging down like she’s nursing. Did she have that?
    I love the radial blur on this, and how it makes the eye focus on her. Nicely done!

    • I don’t even know for sure if it’s a female, but based on size, I thought it might be. No low belly that I could tell but I was a bit more concerned that she wouldn’t be aggressive if there were pups nearby, which has happened before in other parks. This shot was taken after I went by and she’d gone back onto the path. She didn’t go far when I approached so I was quite cautious.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I hope that was through a long lens. Beautiful capture, but yeah, I hope that isn’t a recent mom.

    • This was with my phone, Dan, admittedly on zoom, but closer than I’d prefer. I was quite cautious, hence the turning back after I’d passed to be sure she (assuming it was a “she”) was still at a distance. She moved off the path when I passed, but not too far. Usually they just run away, so I was taking good care.

  3. Jet Eliot says:

    Fun six words you chose, Janet. How delightful to come upon this healthy coyote. Thanks so much for sharing this fortunate sighting.

    • Thanks, Jet. This was the first of two I saw right in the same area, but the second one, which might have been a male as it was larger, shot into the trees as soon as he saw me. This one only moved a bit off the path and then sort of circled around, so I was very careful and alert. Don’t need to have a coyote mom come after me!

  4. restlessjo says:

    She’s keeping an eye on you, just in case 🙂 🙂

  5. Great capture! I think coyotes have so much exposure to humans in urban areas and so they’re less skittish than the ones out here. But I would still worry about rabies or distemper, or as your six words mention, coming between them and cubs/pups, making them aggressive instead of fearful as they normally would be. We have a mountain lion that makes a circuit through our area every year. I’d love to see it… my oldest son did, close enough for eye contact before it ran away. They too are usually very fearful of humans, but you always hear about those random attacks in other places.

    • In one of the parks in our area, a mother coyote was very aggressive towards people and I have a friend with two Irish water spaniels, who’s been stalked by a coyote while walking the dogs. Despite being used to people, they’re still wild animals and have to be treated as such.


  6. Leya says:

    Best to stay catious, yes. Lovely shot though, look at her eyes. Watching. We have got a lot of boars running around, and I am very worried about coming too close when they have little ones.