Looking for grouse in the knee high brush in front of the Alberta Children’s Hospital, I saw a small, light-beige rectangle way off in the distance. Tree stump? I really wanted it to be some kind of animal, so I took out my camera and zoomed in. Maybe a lynx??? (Wishful thinking – at camera display screen size, the face above could possibly, maybe belong to a lynx.) The eyes, nose and ears turned sideways and the face was clearly dog-like.
I saw another light-beige blob on the right and zoomed in. A second coyote!
I really, really, really wanted to get closer. They were quite far, so I thought they might stay put if I moved a bit closer. They were definitely watching me. I walked in a big zig-zag and didn’t stare at them the whole time. Do you see the coyote face in the upper right corner of the image? Great camouflage!
One of the coyotes stood up and walked toward the other one. The Rocky Mountains in the background are about a 1 hour drive away.
Moving through the brush. The coyote blends into his/her surroundings so well.
Two faces looking at me.
The coyote who moved earlier moved again and decided to watch me from a more open area.
He/she also obliged me with left and right profiles. I think this was the best one.
And then the coyote went back to doing what he/she was doing before I arrived.
I’d seen two grouse-looking birds earlier and was hoping to find them again. Coyotes were a great alternate surprise! The grouse-looking birds turned out to be two female grey partridges after I did some research at home. Grey partridges are not native to North America but were introduced from Eurasia.