Saturday, December 27, 2008

Camera Critters: Coyote Pups

Each year for the past several years we have made a trip out to Yellowstone National Park to photograph wildlife. Typically we either go in May or September, although we prefer May.
coyote pup Our 2007 Yellowstone trip was perhaps the most disappointing to date. The weather was not very cooperative and we did not see as many of the more rare species that year.
coyote pups The highlight of the trip that year was the den of coyote puppies that we had the opportunity to photograph for a couple of days.
coyote pups playingWe had other opportunities to photograph coyote pups at the den in past trips but none of the other dens where as close or accessible as this den was.
coyote pups playingThe den was located near to a boardwalk trail up near Black-tailed Dear Plateau. There were many photographers there sitting on the boardwalk taking pictures of the pups that were playing outside the den about 50 feet away.
coyote pups playing We photographed the pups over a couple of days but when we returned on a third day the den was empty. When we asked another photographer in the area about the den we found out that someone had tried to get close to the den which had worried the adults so they had packed up the kids and moved the den. Why do some people have to be so stupid and thoughtless.

20 comments:

Leedra said...

The pups are adorable.

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

These pups are so adorable. I particularly like the last picture where one pup is all stretched out on it's back, so cute!

As to your question, some people just have no sense or respect of nature,

ramblingwoods said...

People are so stupid and birders are guilty of it too...first do no harm should be the motto...

shutterhappyjenn said...

Wow.. those are very priceless shots!

My Camera Critters post is now up, too! You can check it here if you have some time. I'll be glad to see you there.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Oh my! I don't no where to begin. These are absolutely precious. So young and carefree. The last pic is priceless. I love the expression on the one sitting. And the la-la-laaa one. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing these.

Arija said...

Stupidity, unfortunately, is an inherant part of sixty percent of the population, also destroying thigs merely because they are there.
You did get some really charming pictures of the pups anyway, just a pity that the parents in all probability won't breed in that den again because of that one mindless idiot.

i beati said...

mighty cute Sandy

June said...

The pups are adorable...the photos of them spectacular! I should think getting to see and capture them more than made up for the disappointing weather, etc.

MicheleRF said...

OMG, are they cute!! My cousin has done a couple of documentaries on coyotes here in PA and in Montana so I was quite interested in seeing this post. Very nice!

gina said...

they may be wild, but they are still adorable!

Amanda said...

Gorgeous! are you shooting film or digi?color is great!
Amanda

Grammy said...

They are so cute. How exciting to see them. I love the last shot so sweet laying on his back.
Happy new year!

NoBS said...

Absolutely Precious! I especially love the last photo! Sorry to hear of the intruders. You would think people who love wildlife enough to photograph it would have the sense to have proper manners!

babooshka said...

These are magical images. I am so jealous.

Larry Jordan said...

Hey Ecobirder, super captures of the little coyotes. The final one definitely gets my vote for "coyote pup of the year!"

It also appears that most of us know the unfortunate answer to your question. I don't think I need to add my two cents. I could write an entire essay on the subject.

HANNIBAL said...

You get some really terrific shots of elusive and adorable critters! Loved this!

Misty Dawn said...

OH MY GOSH!!! These photos are spectacular! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that lost shot the most.

outwalkingthedog said...

Hello, I posted one of your photos on my urban nature blog (Out Walking the Dog) with a link back to this post. Please let me know if you would prefer that I take it down, and I will do so right away. You can see the post here: NYC Coyote Watch 2011: Coyote in Queens

outwalkingthedog said...

So sorry. I just posted an incorrect link in previous comment. I will try again: NYC Coyote Watch

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