Coyote pup

Coyote PupCoyote Pup – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

It might have been slow on Antelope Island State Park yesterday as far as birds go but it was a Coyote kind of day with 9 as a total tally for just a few hours spent on the island.

This Coyote (Canis latrans) pup was in the company of one adult and when they moved across the road the pup stopped long enough for this image that didn’t have a ton of grasses obscuring its face.


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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. I love coyotes, and I love your photo. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many coyotes where I live. I live in their area, and I respect that. Peaceful coexistence is possible.

  2. What a sweet looking pup! Love the enormous ears! Glad he stopped for a moment, great capture!

  3. That’s a gorgeous photo… but I’m glad the pup is up in your area not here. We’ve had a couple of adults come through here and all kinds of havoc ensued.

    • Thank you Merrill, I’m glad the Coyote pup is on Antelope Island and is safe from being shot. The Governor of Utah increased the bounty on Coyotes from $20 to $50 for a program that is not working and isn’t scientifically proven.

  4. Great composition, great light and great color all the way around. Carol

  5. I love this photo!!! They are amazing creatures!!

  6. Those ears are amazing. They are big!!

  7. What a sweet face, love the tones and low perspective. You have a wonderful eye.

  8. Beautiful shot. Such a typical head-down pose! When I hear coyotes in our neighborhood it always makes me shiver and I make sure our dogs are safely inside.

  9. Beautiful, Mia! So very pretty against the tall grasses. My, look at those long ears.

  10. Love it! Such a great catch, Mia!

  11. That’s a nice shot! The Coyote looks perfectly in his element. It’s too bad that all the ones around Phoenix have lost that wild hunter look, and have the look of scraggily scavengers alone.

  12. I love the pose and composition in the grasses.

  13. Love the pic!
    I’ve noticed not many birds lately.
    How wonderful you got to see Nine! I saw five last week and that was the most I have sen in a day. Now you make me want to go back. :)

  14. Wonderful photo Mia, so adorable. How great to be so close to them.

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