More Coyote Fun

Last week I posted some fun images of a Coyote with Falcon leftovers taken along the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake with piles of ice in the background. Six days later, on January 1st, I had more fun with a Coyote in almost the same location.

Coyote running on the shoreline of the Great Salt LakeCoyote running on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake  – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

The piles of ice from my earlier Coyote series of images are nearly gone due to some warm weather but the lake is still frozen in many areas. This Coyote was running; perhaps a better term would be galloping, along the shoreline and didn’t seem to be in the mood to hunt at all.

Coyote running along the Great Salt LakeCoyote on the go – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This Coyote looks a bit messier than the other one that I posted last week but I think that just adds to the scruffy reputation that Coyotes seem to have. I had to pull my zoom all the way back to 200mm to try to keep the Coyote in the frame as it ran and I still had plenty of shots where I had clipped a part of it.

Coyote with Three feet off of the groundThree feet off of the ground – Nikon D300, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

The Coyote was intent on its path and it was a challenge to try to get eye contact from it but several times it turned and looked my way. In the image above I was able to get three feet clearly off of the ground plus I had eye contact.

Coyote in the airCoyote in the air – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Several times I was able to capture photos of the Coyote with all four feet off of the ground, I liked this frame because all of the feet were in the air, the eye is clearly visible, the mouth is open and the teeth are showing plus I really like the setting. The out of focus vegetation on the bottom of the image isn’t ideal but I believe the strengths of the photo outweigh the minor distractions there.

Coyote braking to turn aroundCoyote braking to turn around – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

I wanted to keep my shutter speed high to capture all the movement so I set my ISO to 640 and my aperture at f6.3, the light was great so I didn’t need to adjust my exposure compensation at all. I used Aperture Priority and Auto White Balance and those settings worked very well. When I took this last image the Coyote was slowing down to turn and go across to the other side of the road. I thanked the Coyote and went on down the road. (Yes, I thank my subjects) What a great day! Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Beautiful shots of the Coyote in motion Mia! I really like Coyote in the Air! Oh, and I always thank my subjects too! I think they appreciate it ;-)

  2. You are so right about every day in nature is a great one. I, myself, right now am having high blood pressure, and last night I spent in the emergency room. But this afternoon, since we finally got some snow, I still had to get out to see if there were any photo ops. Un-fortunately, I didn’t get much. but that didn’t bother me. At least I was out there. But, like you, I am my own worst critic, too.

    • Bob, I hope you feel well soon and are back out creating your wonderful images soon. Glad you got some snow, we had a little a few days ago but this is nothing like a normal year for snow here!

  3. A very nice series here Mia. You got great light on a subject that was as intent on you as you were on him. The ‘Coyote in the air’ image is choice, but my pick is the ‘ Coyote braking to turn around’, I think he realized that you said something about his appearance!

    • Hi Chuck! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and telling me which of the images is your “pick”. I think the Coyote might have thought I looked “scruffy” too!

  4. I like the thick winter coat!

  5. Again, great photos, Mia. I agree you had another great day. About the vegetation showing at the bottom of the photo, frankly I was so engrossed in reading and looking at the images, I never noticed until you mentioned. I takes nothing away from the final product.

    Personally, I have no qualms having vegetation in my photos. I like you, try to make sure the eyes of the subject is visible and sharp, and everything else seems to fall into place.

    • Bob, I did have another great day but everyday is wonderful out in nature. Thanks for your comment about the vegetation at the bottom of that one photo. I am my own worst critic.

  6. Great captures Mia! I also thank mine :-)

  7. Wonderful images Mia. Thanks for the camera info as well, that helps a lot for those of us still learning. I also thank my subjects, as they often have given me a gift of close-ups or special looks.

    • Thanks so much for your comments on these Coyote images Dan. I have sure had fun photographing them over the past few weeks. It helped me when I first started photographing wildlife to see the technicals other people provided, so I am passing that on.

  8. you have amazing wildlife photography, its really breath taking, thank you Mia

  9. I’ve enjoyed perusing your blog! Your photos are awesome! I’m in the SLC area and I definitely need to get out more to see the great wildlife.

  10. Haha. Good to know we aren’t the only ones to thank the critters.
    LOVE LOVE your coyote pics!
    Just amazing!

    • Thank you so much Judy, glad to know I am not the only one who thanks her subjects! Thank you also for your very kind words on these Coyotes images, the light worked in my favor.

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