As a wildlife photographer, I am constantly on the lookout for those precious moments that allow me to connect with nature and capture its raw beauty through the lens of my camera. Recently, I had an encounter at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Join me as I recount the story of my encounter with a Coyote pup.
Setting the Stage
It was a warm morning as I embarked on the auto tour road at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, known for its diverse ecosystem and abundance of wildlife, always presents new opportunities for me to connect with nature. Little did I know that on this particular day, I was about to witness something truly special.
As I slowly drove along the auto tour road, my eyes keenly scanned the surroundings, hoping to spot any signs of life. And there it was – a flash of movement caught my attention. A young Coyote pup had ventured close to the road.
The Hide-and-Seek Game
The Coyote pup’s natural instinct to seek cover kicked in as soon as it spotted me. It vanished into the tall vegetation, blending seamlessly with its surroundings. Determined not to let this magical encounter slip away, I parked my vehicle near the spot where I had last seen the pup.
I carefully scanned the thick foliage, hoping to catch another glimpse of this elusive creature. And then, there it was! Peeking out from behind the weeds, the young Coyote pup revealed itself, its curious eyes fixated on me.
With my camera in hand, I aimed to immortalize this encounter forever. The pup’s head was the only part visible, as if it were playing a game of hide-and-seek with me. I carefully composed the shot. Click! The shutter closed, freezing the moment in time. In that one photograph, I had encapsulated the curiosity, innocence, and wild spirit of the Coyote pup.
Letting Nature Be
After capturing the photograph, I made a conscious decision to let the pup continue its natural routine undisturbed. Respecting the wildlife’s space and allowing them to go about their business is paramount to preserving their natural behaviors and habitats. I moved on, leaving the young Coyote pup to explore its world, enriched by the memories and images I had taken.
My encounter with the Coyote pup at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge was a gentle reminder of the captivating beauty that exists in the natural world. As a wildlife photographer, I am privileged to witness such moments and share them with others, hoping to inspire a deep appreciation and respect for the incredible creatures that inhabit our planet. May this story serve as a testament to the wonders that await us when we venture into the wilderness, and the importance of preserving and protecting our natural heritage for generations to come.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: May 27, 2023 (07:36 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f7.1
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 800 (Auto)
- Exp. Comp.: +0.7
- Focal Length: 500 mm