So the morning started off at a brisk
Now the cold wouldn't have been so bad but the wind chill was numbing.We walked around for a few hours but all we saw were pretty much these
While walking, not more than 15 feet from us and scaring me half to death, a coyote jumped up and ran. I figure because we were down wind it didn't smell or hear us until we were nearly on top of it. I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to capture a picture of it but here is where it laid.
This is the type of terrain we were hunting (I'm hoping someone can validate my existence by telling me that this is indeed where Chukar like to live)
At one point I turned around to see how far the car was (the car is circled in red in the first picture and the second picture is with 24X zoom)
A couple San Joaquin Antelope Squirrels which I presume were sunning themselves
I had given up hope for the day since there was only one hour of shoot time left but my brother said we should give one of our earlier spots another shot. He said he had a feeling so I humored him. Right when we were about to give up we heard "them". We froze, got low and tried to figure out there they were. Once we spotted them, he kept watch while I creeped to the side of the ridge so they were out of sight. I climbed and climbed, my legs were burning, I was out of breath but I kept pushing myself until I was above them. When I went over to where they were, they had climbed some more and were were at the same elevation. They saw me and I thought it was over but they started running away from me. I tried to keep pace but I couldn't so I stopped, took aim and fired off a shot followed up by a second...The result were all of my hopes and dreams...fading away like the sun light.Disheartened and broken we headed back to the car and home. On our way out the magician birds were on the road, mocking us and like a dream during the twilight hours evaporated into nothingness, leaving no trace and I may have questioned if we had really seen them at all had we not captured this picture[TO BE UPLOADED]From the depths of hell, these spawns of Satan have come to this world to torment my soul and very existence...I can't wait to do this again!