Coyote pup

Coyote PupCoyote Pup – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

It might have been slow on Antelope Island State Park yesterday as far as birds go but it was a Coyote kind of day with 9 as a total tally for just a few hours spent on the island.

This Coyote pup was in the company of one adult and when they moved across the road the pup stopped long enough for this image that didn’t have a ton of grasses obscuring its face.



  1. Linda Rockwell August 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I love coyotes, and I love your photo. As I’ve mentioned before, there are many coyotes where I live. I live in their area, and I respect that. Peaceful coexistence is possible.

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Linda, thanks for commentingon this image. I think peaceful coexistence is possible too.

  2. Tammy Karr August 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    What a sweet looking pup! Love the enormous ears! Glad he stopped for a moment, great capture!

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    That’s a gorgeous photo… but I’m glad the pup is up in your area not here. We’ve had a couple of adults come through here and all kinds of havoc ensued.

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you Merrill, I’m glad the Coyote pup is on Antelope Island and is safe from being shot. The Governor of Utah increased the bounty on Coyotes from $20 to $50 for a program that is not working and isn’t scientifically proven.

  4. Carol Mattingly August 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Great composition, great light and great color all the way around. Carol

  5. Nicole August 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I love this photo!!! They are amazing creatures!!

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Nicole, they are amazing and fascinating subjects.

  6. M. Firpi August 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Those ears are amazing. They are big!!

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Maria, I think this Coyote pup has room to grown into those ears!

  7. Debbie Miller @HooootOwl August 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

    What a sweet face, love the tones and low perspective. You have a wonderful eye.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thank you very much Debbie.

  8. Hilke Breder August 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful shot. Such a typical head-down pose! When I hear coyotes in our neighborhood it always makes me shiver and I make sure our dogs are safely inside.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Hilke, if I had a dog I would make sure they were inside too if I heard a Coyote calling. Thanks much for commenting.

  9. Julie G. August 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful, Mia! So very pretty against the tall grasses. My, look at those long ears.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Julie, those ears do look long, like the pup hasn’t grown into them yet! Thanks for your comment.

  10. Jim Braswell August 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Love it! Such a great catch, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Thank you Jim, it was a cute pup!

  11. Laurence Butler August 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

    That’s a nice shot! The Coyote looks perfectly in his element. It’s too bad that all the ones around Phoenix have lost that wild hunter look, and have the look of scraggily scavengers alone.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Laurence, our Coyotes here usually look very healthy, wild and hungry!

  12. Bob Zeller August 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I love the pose and composition in the grasses.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Thank you Bob, I loved the pose too.

  13. judy watson August 9, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Love the pic!
    I’ve noticed not many birds lately.
    How wonderful you got to see Nine! I saw five last week and that was the most I have sen in a day. Now you make me want to go back. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Thank you Judy. Birds are a challenge in August, this year I think it is worse because of our drought.

  14. Beverly Everson August 9, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Absolutely beautiful!

  15. Dan Huber August 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Wonderful photo Mia, so adorable. How great to be so close to them.

    • Mia McPherson August 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Dan, I am grateful that I get to see Coyotes up close often. They are amazing creatures.

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