"I got two pictures of Br'er Coyote at a spring in Gillis Canyon.
"The animal above left after the flash. Below, it was trucking before the flash.
"The high-speed exit was an immediate response to the red-eye adjustment flashes - you know, the rapid volley of flashes the precedes the flash synchronized with the shutter. That picture was taken less than a second from the moment the coyote noticed the camera.
(Throat-clearing sounds) Student: "Sir: Do you feel bad that you were responsible for frightening the coyote?"
Codger: "Hell no! The camera tested that yote's survival instinct, and it passed with flying colors. I admire that coyote, and though it's a crappy photo, it gives me a chuckle.
Student: "But Sir, don't you feel a little guilty that you deprived it of a drink?"
Codger: "Pshawww! Guilty? You gotta be kidding. Here's how I see it, Laddybuck.
"If that kind of thing hurt them, there wouldn't be many coyotes left. Natural selection is the school of tough love. There are places where coyotes are skittish, and there are places where they're bold. It depends on circumstances . . . . and we're gonna talk about that too, but let's get on with today's lecture -- the reactions of animals to cameras traps.
(to be continued)