I was out Christmas Eve morning to see if there were some animals to shoot. I had been out several mornings before and besides the obligatory bird and squirrels there was nothing exciting happening. But this time was different. As I got out of my car I spotted a coyote just a short distance away from me. The temperature out was a "cool" -22 degrees C and my camera had not yet acclimatized to these conditions. My aperture was stuck at F22, nice for detailed landscape shots with great depth of field and low shutter speeds but utterly useless for shooting moving wildlife, especially in these low light conditions I encountered that morning. I moved quickly to some trees close by which I used for a rest for the camera. That's why the first two photos are a bit blurry. The rest of them were really blurry and are not included in this write-up. The coyote was moving away from me and disappeared in some cover. Then I spotted a fox working its way carefully along the brushes edge, stopping and sniffing before advancing carefully. As a side note I would like to mention that by now my camera was now acclimatized to the cold and worked properly. I changed position to get closer to the action. The fox had advanced further than I had thought he would. By now I had all but forgotten about the coyote. Much to my surprise he re-appeared in my viewfinder behind some cover behind the fox. Coyotes will kill and eat foxes and I anxiously was waiting for the drama to unfold. Suddenly the fox froze in its tracks and remained motionless for a moment as if he knew that something was up. Then the coyote broke cover and the chase was on. As the animals disappeared in a dip in the landscape I thought that the coyote would prevail but to my amazement they both emerged from the depression in different spots. There was not to be fox on the coyote’s menu that morning. He stayed around for a while and posed for me. He even did some jumps and a shake-a-paw. Meanwhile the fox watched those going-on from a safe distance. Finally they both grew tired of my company and moved on to bigger and better things and perhaps to meet again in the distant future.
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