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Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

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I was out for coyotes, and again found better luck with birds.

I did see one coyote – the big male. I was headed south, he was headed north, and there was a fence and about 10 meters separating us. We both stopped and checked the other out for about 30 seconds, and then both of us headed on our respective way. I didn’t have the camera even out of the bag, and even if I had, our meeting was before dawn and wouldn’t have been enough light for a photo anyway, so I just decided to enjoy the moment.

I was hoping that I’d see some other coyotes, but he was the only one of the day.

As I was searching for coyotes, I happened upon a little American Coot family at the edge of the marshy little pond in the wildlife refuge. Momma Coot had about half a dozen little cootlings (that probably isn’t the official name for them).

There was no way to get a cleaner shot, either – they all stayed under the cover of twigs and leaves as they grazed along. Mom would occasionally stop to feed a hungry chick. Just about the time I found them, the clouds appeared and the light levels dropped dramatically. I had to take off the CPL that I use at altitude to get anywhere close to a decent shutter speed, and mom and the chicks were just constantly moving and active.

American Coot (Fulica americana)
Crown Hill Park
Wheat Ridge, CO
Sony a700
Sigma 300/2.8 + 1.4TC
Giottos tripod, Jobu gimbal

ISO400, 1/100sec, f/2.8

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