Side lit Coyotes

Side lit Coyote on iceSide lit Coyote (Canis latrans) on ice – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Yesterday I was tickled to spot not just one but a pair of coyotes on the causeway going to Antelope Island State Park, unfortunately they were not close enough together to get images of both of them within the frame. Despite the high salinity of the Great Salt Lake there are times in the winter that it does ice over and that can provide some interesting settings for whatever creatures I might find there.

These coyotes were on the south side of the causeway which gave me side light, almost back light,  to photograph them in.

Coyotes are very nervous here about human presence probably due to the fact that many people shoot them so they are difficult to approach and very wary of people.

Side lit Coyote on the shorelineSide lit Coyote on the shoreline – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I enjoy seeing and photographing coyotes at any opportunity and the light angle yesterday was very appealing to me.



  1. Birding is Fun! February 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Just found your site from your comment on Rich Ditch’s page. I absolutely love your photography and hope I can learn a little by following your site!

  2. Julie Brown February 13, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Hi Mia,

    Very nice shots of these two coyotes. I like the walking poses and sidelight illuminating their faces. It would be a thrill to see and photograph this species for me.

    I have a question about Antelope Island State Park. I will be going to a landscape photo workshop in Moab the 2nd week in October and am trying to decide if I should fly into Salt Lake City or Denver. How is the birding at this park in October? I would have an afternoon/early evening to go there if I went to SLC.

    Thanks for any info you could provide.


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