Coyote running by the Great Salt Lake

Coyote running by the Great Salt LakeCoyote running by the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

This Coyote image always makes me smile. It was taken in early March of 2010 as the Great Salt Lake began to thaw and there was a hint of spring in the air. It was one of those bright days when you feel hopeful that winter is finally over and I wondered if the Coyote felt it too. Utah’s winters aren’t kind to the Coyotes with heavy snows that make hunting difficult, short days and bitter cold winds off of the lake. This Coyote just appeared to be enjoying that warmth of the sun as it trotted along. It almost seems that the Coyote was smiling that day. Maybe it was, I know I had a grin on my face.

Yesterday I read on the UBird group that the Tree Swallows have reached Antelope Island plus I have seen a Say’s Phoebe calling over the park headquarters and Sandhill Cranes near Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge so can spring be too far behind?


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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. Beauty and grace ! Great capture !

  2. Jane Chesebrough

    I love that shot!As for spring,I must be patient, I must be patient,I must…

  3. Saw a bunch of mixed blackbirds at our feeders for a couple of days now (grackles,rusty blakbirds, red-winged blackbirds and starlings) among the cardinal and bluejay families and some other smaller birds, like sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and woodpeckers that have been around most of the winter…they,and the appearance of skunk cabbage, say “Spring is in it’s way” to me.

  4. Love the legs in the air! Definitely smiling at you!

  5. What an unusual image, but I agree it looks happy to feel the end of winter. It was a pretty mild one this year.

  6. What an amazingly HAPPY image. Thank you.

  7. three feet in the air!!! wow!

  8. Hopping on the spot. Great photo Mia.

  9. That coyote looks healthy, happy ,and smiley to me…and I love the fuzzy ears….

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