Sunday, December 11, 2011
Late afternoon with a coyote pair
When I got closer, I did not initially see the coyotes. But then I noticed that one of the coyotes had decided to take a nap.
The mate was off hunting in the fields nearby.
The sleeping coyote seemed to have some kind of skin disease (mange, maybe), which I noticed when the coyote stood up and found a new place for a bed. Notice the scraggly tail and the raw area on the hip.
The coyote dug at the dirt a bit before curling up for more nap time. I think in this photo, it is hard to tell whether this is a cat or a coyote.
While the coyote was sleeping, a harrier swooped rather close to the coyote on its own hunting mission. The coyote didn't even stir.
Eventually, the mate returned to check on the sleeping one. As the sun was beginning to set, the mate headed off for some more hunting. And I made my way back down the hills.