Coyote on a snowy morning

Coyote standing on a rock looking down a hillside

 Coyote standing on a rock looking down a hillside – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

The weather forecast for yesterday was “mostly sunny” and once again the weather forecasters were wrong, at least for the period of time I was out photographing on Antelope Island State Park.  The light was low, snow was falling lightly a great deal of the time and while it was frustrating I took images anyway.

This Coyote had its front legs on top of a snow-covered rock looking down a hillside, I do wish that I had more eye contact than I do but I do like the mood this images conveys. The image is full frame because the Coyote was so close.

Coyote running through the snow Coyote running through the snow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

The Coyotes I saw were all actively hunting in the snow. This Coyote was probably startled because there were about 5 cars full of birders doing the Christmas Bird Count that had come up behind us. One car doesn’t bother a Coyote much but six does. I should have bumped up my ISO to get a faster shutter speed than 1/800.

 Coyote deep in the snowCoyote deep in the snow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This Coyote was hunting on the edge of a marshy area and I really like the setting with the snow-topped vegetation and the out of focus bare twigs.

It did get sunny eventually… right about the time we left the park entrance I looked back and the island was positively beautiful. Yeah, don’t count on the weather forecasters for an accurate prediction.


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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. These are sooo beautiful – really amazing work! Almost makes me homesick for a Minnesota winter – almost.

  2. These pooches look even better in the snow. There is something about the cold that makes their furs seem fuller and thicker.

  3. hummingbirdlover

    What beautiful images and great shots. Love them,love the snow, too. Wonderful work!

  4. Love the first shot!

  5. What wonderful images you took from the coyotes, as always you take fantastic shots and I wish mine will turn out almost as good as yours. Maybe one day by checking your pictures and learn from your settings. :)

  6. [So tough, when you’re not the first one to comment and others have said all you hoped to say, darn it!] Beautiful photos of one of my most favorite animals — thank you so much for this wonderful blog!

  7. WONDERFUL photos!!!! I love coyotes… beautiful creatures~~ THANK YOU FOR SHARING!! And Happy New YEar!

  8. That second shot I like and the third really looks like he’s listening for mice! Love the expression. I had the same issue yesterday with the weather…then of course once I was home it all cleared off…sigh! I’ve decided to just shut up about the light and try to get cool shots with or without it. Gray isn’t always bad and you made these shots amazing with their compositions.

    • You are right Sherry, gray isn’t always bad. The weather can be an issue but getting out and photographing in it anyway can strengthen our skills. Thanks so much for commenting.

  9. 0h wow, it’s so beautiful, one of the perfect animals I’ve ever seen.

  10. There’s something magical about these images Mia.I particularly like the first one, I keep wondering what it’s looking at.

  11. What lovely photos, I like the first one especially

  12. Gorgeous photos of the coyote, Mia. Low light or not. I wish, sometimes, that we would get a bit more of snow. Only, sometimes. :-)

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