Coyote on a snowy morning

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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.

Mia

25 Comments

  1. Sally Wood January 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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

  2. M. Firpi January 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you Maria, I too love how fluffy they look!

  3. hummingbirdlover January 3, 2013 at 7:13 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Mom, I love you!

  4. Matthew Sim January 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Love the first shot!

  5. Loekie January 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Loekie! Practice, practice and practice and your shots will improve!

  6. Luisa January 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    [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!

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Luisa, for visiting and commenting on this post and my work.

  7. Nicole January 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you Nicole, I love Coyotes too and they are special to me.

  8. Beverly Everson January 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Sherry in MT January 2, 2013 at 9:07 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      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.

  10. Bob Bushell January 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you Bob, Coyotes are special to me.

  11. kim January 2, 2013 at 6:39 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you Kim, the mood of that first image appeals to me too for the same reason.

  12. Susan January 2, 2013 at 6:38 am

    What lovely photos, I like the first one especially

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Susan, that first one calls to me too.

  13. Bob Zeller January 2, 2013 at 5:45 am

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

    • Mia McPherson January 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Bob, I can send you some of our snow if you’d like?

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