Coyote running by the Great Salt Lake

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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?

Mia

10 Comments

  1. Danish Sualeh March 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Beauty and grace ! Great capture !

  2. Jane Chesebrough March 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm

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

  3. Patty Chadwick March 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    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. Sarah Mayhew March 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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

  5. Utahbooklover March 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    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. elephant's child March 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    What an amazingly HAPPY image. Thank you.

  7. nicky March 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

    three feet in the air!!! wow!

  8. Bob Bushell March 2, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hopping on the spot. Great photo Mia.

  9. Patty Chadwick March 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

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

  10. Montanagirl March 2, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Fantastic shot

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