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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coyote at night

A coyote was also photographed at the set of the curious crumple-eared bobcat.

Here you can see the effect when the flash is on the red-eye setting.

The tapetum lucidem still reflects the flash's light, but with pupils contracted the eyes don't look like headlights on high beam.

By coincidence I stumbled upon Lewis Garrard's description of the song of the yodel dogs:

" . . . a species of music much like a commingled bark, whine yelp, and occasionally a spasmodic laugh, now tenor, now basso; then one would take a tenor solo, and after an ear piercing prelude, all would join in chorus, making an indescribable discord."

Thanks to Brian of Wind River Ranch (another western frontier romantic) for sending Garrard's book.

Before going away, listen to the yodel dogs' repertoire at Soundboard.


Garrard, L.H. 1955. Wah-to-yah and the Taos Trail, or prairie travel and scalp dances, with a look at Los Rancheros from muleback and the Rocky Mountain campfire. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.


randomtruth said...

Love their laughing howls. Isn't that the same handsome fellow from your 'Coyote beautiful' post?

Cougarmagic said...

Nice yote. I have some footage I'd like you to look at before I post it on my blog - can you contact me? crazysoundeditor@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Owlman said...

Another great photo and thanks for the vocals.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Thanks y'all.

RT, I guess it is possible, but it is a long way away from the sandstone amphitheater.

Retrieverman said...

What color are your dog's eye shine?

Goldens have yellow eye shine, while my black "golden boxer" and my grandpa's Norwegian elkhound had green eye shine.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Fred has greenish blue night eyes, but I noticed the other night that they change slightly with angle of view.