Unfortunately, the title of this post, isn't referring to the great coyote photos I took, but instead the Great Blue Heron photos I finally got. During the summer there are usually a few Great Blue Herons around, and though skittish, often one will cooperate photographically. This winter there is one Great Blue that has decided not to head to warmer climes, but to hang around and feed at the two bits of open water at the refuge. This one has frustrated me. It is even more skittish than your typical Great Blue Heron. It often has hid out in a place obstructed by reeds or trees, or just decided to be somewhere other than where I was looking for it at the moment.
Today that all changed. I managed to catch it feeding by the dike bridge. Due to the weather there were only a couple of other people walking the paths. When they crossed the bridge they would scared it away, but it soon returned.
One wandered back couple times over the course of the morning, but it was very skittish. The closest it got was in the reeds next to the under bush near the tower. But as soon at it saw me, it boogied away, later showing up on the fas side of the lower impoundment. So even though I had my longer lens, the coyote photos are not as good as Friday's.