Up close with Berkeley’s wildlife at Tilden Regional Park

by on March 07, 2012

A coyote on Nov. 21, 2011, around 4pm at the field on the north (Tilden) side of Lomas Cantadas. All photos: Elaine Miller Bond

A coyote on Nov. 21, 2011, around 4pm at the field on the north (Tilden) side of Lomas Cantadas.

All photos: Elaine Miller Bond

Photographer Elaine Miller Bond didn’t have far to go to take these beautiful photographs of a coyote and a red-shouldered hawk. They were shot right here in Tilden Regional Park late last year. Read her descriptions of the encounters:

My eyes went straight to this coyote, crouching low in the grass, when I drove my usual road home. I pulled my car onto the shoulder, and surprisingly, the coyote seemed unfazed. It took leaping bounds; it dug with its paws; it waved its tail side to side as it stuck its snout down a hole — part puppylike, much bigger part: predator. The coyote pounced again, pressing its forepaws to the ground, and then threw its head back.

When it turned back my way, I saw that it was gnawing on a burrowing rodent, which a scientist later told me was a species of vole. For a photographer who spent months documenting the lives of prairie dogs (another burrowing rodent), I delighted in this visit to other side of the grass.

Leaping coyote

For more amazing images by photographer Elaine Miller Bond, continue at Berkeleyside.

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