I had the pleasure of surprising these two coyotes the other day as I searched for the eagles at Mount Diablo. At one point I was watching the two coyotes coasting over the landscape to my left and two golden eagles feeding on the ground to my right, all in the same valley. Wow.
It reminded me of another time I surprised a coyote (not easy to do), it was last Autumn on the Sonoma Coast. I was upwind and this coyote had plopped down below me on a knoll and started to clean himself. I approached and was very close to him – he only realized I was there when he heard the sound of my camera shutter, which was captured in the first shot seen below of an indignant coyote giving a piercing stare due to surprise and his bath-time interrupted.
As I was searching for the coyote pictures above, I stumbled on this picture I had taken of a black-tailed deer that same day – its antlers blended with the surrounding plants (cow parsnips) to make an interesting shot of animal form mimicking plant form.