Always expect the unexpected!

The bike ride to the dyke today was quite mundane. I think I am getting spoiled seeing Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, etc everyday. Here are some shots that I took.

Female Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird (female). The males are certainly loud and attractive with their "shoulder badges", but I thought this female looks pretty good too.

More Snow Geese-in-flight pictures.

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
You get a sense of how chaotic it was having tens and hundreds of Snow Geese flying at the same time. Nothing was in sharp focus, but nothing was in poor focus either.

Then came the bike ride away from the dyke. First up, a Red-tailed Hawk, and it took off soon after. The hawk was looking at something. But what?

Then I felt someone was looking at me. Turning around, it was a lone Coyote staring at me. It was a beauty. Probably the healthy one that I saw earlier this month, but it was much closer this time, about ten, fifteen metres away.

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Ignoring me transforming into a shutterbug, the Coyote went into hunting mode. That was when it suddenly leaped up!

What an athlete! But it caught nothing.

Coyote (Canis latrans)
It tried again from a dead tree, giving it a better attacking angle than just from the ground. Boom!

A vole was caught. Yummy!

Then it went away from me, still in hunting mode, but it didn't catch anything for the next little while.

Coyote (Canis latrans)
What a pose!

Heading back, another biker and I saw this Muskrat feeding on grasses along the ditch. What a great day!!!

Muskrat (Odontra zibethicus)

Lesson learned: Never expect too much, but always expect the unexpected.


Cicero Sings said...

GREEEAAAT shots of the coyote. Mundane day out ... no way.

Hugh said...


Anonymous said...

Psyl, these are great photos once again! Love the coyote shots. And the snow geese shots, Oh, and the bittern....Where on the dyke is this?

PSYL said...

Thanks to all for the encouraging comments. It was definitely an exhilaration afternoon.

Huckleberry - If you go southward along the West Dyke Trail and pass the Golf course. The bittern was observed on the marsh near the second lookout (the benches). I attached a map for your convenience (with location circled): http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8901/26623411.jpg Hope it helps.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Psyl, that was nice of you. We will have to head out there--after I get over this flu. Ugh.

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