Lazy Coyote in Utah

Lazy Coyote in Utah

A lazy Coyote in Utah –  D200, f9, 1/1500, ISO 400, 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

On a chilly March morning I went out looking for birds to photograph with my friend and fellow photographer Ron. We weren’t having much luck in the bird department so we cruised down the road looking for something to photograph.

We almost missed this Coyote (Canis latrans) and had to back up the vehicle to take a few photos. The coyote was laying down on a small hill and at first it barely lifted its head and still appeared to be dozing in the morning sunlight.  The coyote laid there with its eyes barely open for a few frames when another vehicle passed by us on the road.  After the vehicle passed the coyote slowly stood up.  We missed some shots where the coyote would have been closer because there was a gate  to a dirt road between us and the coyote.

So even though we got skunked for photographing birds, we lucked out with a lazy coyote.

Coyotes in my experience are difficult to get close to because people used to shoot them. Some Many states still allow it. Coyotes mainly consume small animals and carrion but because they do occasionally kill livestock, pets and game animals they are considered pests by many.

Me, I still love to see them loping along, wild and free.



  1. Stu August 25, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Great Photo and Story! Love these guys when i get to see them pop by.

  2. John September 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    hey man, nice blog…really like it and added it to bookmarks. keep up with good work

  3. Ron Dudley August 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I remember ol’ scar-nose well Mia. At first I thought the coyote must be injured because we were so close and it hardly seemed to care but my theory now is that it may have been winded in a prey chase (jackrabbit?) and had different priorities at the moment. When it walked away it certainly seemed healthy. A good memory for me.

  4. Rich Ditch August 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Good story. We all can benefit from keeping alert to other subjects when the birds aren’t cooperating.

    The coyotes here in AZ are a bit more bold; at least they don’t seem as shy as the ones you describe.

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