When I want to see wildlife, I try to paddle alone, preferably on weekdays—early in the morning. This way I’m as close to alone on the water as I can be during daylight hours, anyway.
Last Halloween I got out late on a fine Saturday morning. There were lots of talkative tourists in rental boats. Noisy humans tend to scare off wildlife.
Despite my human companions, I kept an eye open for whatever wild animals might be out. I did not expect to see much wildlife.
Then, up by the cow pasture near the Highway One bridge, I saw a tawny brown figure slinking low in the grass. I thought it might be a domestic cat. But I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped this much-enlarged shot. I think it’s a
fox coyote looking back at me. It’s my first photo of a fox coyote, the first of many more, I hope.*
*Bob Noble sent me a photo of a coyote he took recently, and I’m pretty sure I took a photo of the same guy. In his photo, the animal is clearly a coyote.