Winter Coyote

Winter CoyoteWinter Coyote – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 314mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Yesterday I heard Coyotes calling on Antelope Island State Park, it has been a while since I heard the Song Dogs singing so I was thrilled to hear them. I’m glad and grateful that Coyotes are not hunted or killed on the island. As apex predators they are vital for maintaining natural balance.

It is a shame that more people don’t realize that.


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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 photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. Song dogs – I like that. This one looks healthy and has such character.

  2. We live near a golf course…hunting grounds for a coyote family. We hear them sing up the moon at night and sing down the moon in the morning. Sometimes we hear them sing to the fire emergency siren’s “song” in the village. I’m thrilled by the sound of wildness, and though I’ve never heard the name “song dogs” before, It fits so very, very well.

  3. If there ever was a real life ‘wiley coyote’ expression caught on camera, this is it! We hear them around here in the early evening. Sadly, they are hated by many people in these parts. Some have said they will even stalk a child. I know that outdoor cats are in danger, but I accept that. I like them, though I am not sure how well they are doing around here.

  4. So glad this coyote is protected on the island. It is a beautiful creature. Awesome photograph, Mia! The broken sheets of ice in the background is so very interesting.

  5. Stunning photo – and I have a big weakness for survivors (and predators). The coyote wins on both counts.

  6. As always, love your coyotes, Mia. We hear them quite often when hiking. Wish they were all as safe as they are on the island.

  7. Would liked to have heard those special songs; I’m also happy to know they are safe from hunters on the island at least. Nice photo Mia.

  8. For me, they have the friendliest faces..great photo..

  9. I’m glad too, Mia. Nice eye contact and a good look at those alert ears. That must be snow plow pile-up behind the coyote.

  10. Beautiful animals, and yes Mia, I too am grateful that the Coyotes are places for them.

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