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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise


I’ll stay in the Bosque for this week’s challenge.  When I first got to the refuge, it was in the afternoon and I wasn’t surprised to find the first pond I came across covered by thousands of snow geese.  What I was surprised at was to look across the pond and see a coyote patrolling the edge of the pond.  It turns out that there were actually a pair of them scoping out the feast in front of them.  What I was even more surprised at was that neither of the coyotes ever made a move toward the geese who were less than 10 yards away (in very shallow water).  They sort of walked around the pond for a while and then just wandered off.  I would guess that the geese were surprised also…..

"maybe I'll just get a burger"...

“maybe I’ll just get a burger”…

18 responses

  1. Wow, that is a pretty surprising site…maybe even the coyotes agree that the birds are too pretty to be disturbed :)

    December 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

    • Good thought Alan…..(but not sure thats what I saw in their eyes or actions)

      December 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

  2. This is great!!

    December 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • Thank You! I was surprised but really happy to be able to see it and capture it!

      December 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

  3. what a great image Scott…such surprising behaviour from all of them

    December 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    • Jo- I never fail to be amazed…..

      December 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

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  5. Neat photo.

    December 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    • Thanks! I love your frost photos (and the owls).

      December 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

  6. Cool!

    December 23, 2012 at 5:15 am

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  8. Great shot Scott. Must have been too cold to get their feet wet :-)

    December 23, 2012 at 8:29 am

    • Thanks Jeff. They actually ventured out in the water a couple of times but never seemed to really threaten the geese…must’ve been on a christmas diet

      December 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

  9. Perhaps the water was just a tad too frigid … then we’d have a frigid fox with frost-bitten feet foraging for food …. oh, darn, coyote you say …

    December 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    • Lynne, He was actually walking in the water a few seconds before I took that photo but he still didn’t make any aggressive moves

      December 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

      • I guess his belly was full …

        December 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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