Snow on Antelope Island and more Coyotes

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Antelope Island under heavy cloudsAntelope Island under heavy clouds – Nikon D200, handheld, f4.8, 1/1500, ISO 320, +1.0, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 50mm, natural light

This is what Antelope Island looked like yesterday from the causeway to the island, there were heavy clouds but the island was lit up by the sun coming through a sucker hole. The sucker hole didn’t last long and the light left the island soon after I took this image. While on the island large wet flakes of snow fell along with periods of rain but it was nice to be out, I hadn’t taken any images in 6 days.

There weren’t many birds close enough to photograph but I did spot several Coyotes.

Coyote in blowing snowCoyote in blowing snow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/160, ISO 1000, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

I’ve wanted to capture images of a Coyote in blowing snow for a while now and I did get the chance yesterday, I really wish the foreground vegetation hadn’t been in the way of a clear view of the Coyote.  I love the falling snow in this frame though I am just not sure this image works. What do you think?

A little privacy?A little privacy? – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 1000, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 328mm, natural light, not baited or called in

While on the way home I spotted this Coyote along the causeway. The Coyote had been searching for falcon leftovers along the shore and took a small break to urinate on the muddy shoreline.

Coyote eating falcon leftoversCoyote eating falcon leftovers – Nikon D300, f8, 1/2000, ISO 1000, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

I shared an image in my post yesterday of a Coyote eating falcon leftovers, I didn’t know that just a few hours later I would be taking more images of another Coyote eating leftovers on the shoreline. I took hundreds of images of this Coyote yesterday, probably more than I needed to but the light and location changed often and I wanted to be sure to get sharp images of the action.

I’ll share more images of this Coyote later, for now the skies are clear and I need to get ready to go out into the field and find more amazing subjects!



  1. Julie Brown October 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

    From your previous post-I did not know that GBH hunt land animals! That would be fun to see. As for the coyote in blowing snow-I like it! It works for me because I like seeing the environment in an image. Getting a clear shot of the animal is always desirable, but the foreground vegetation provides a nice color wash, while the visible snowflakes gives the whole composition an atmospheric feel.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks for commenting on this Julie, especially the Coyote in the blowing snow.

  2. Prairie Birder October 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    The first photo looks almost like a painting, it’s so beautiful!

  3. M. Firpi October 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I like the action on all these shots.

  4. Bob Bushell October 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Lovely photos of the Coyote.

  5. Tami Vogel October 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Mia, I love the coyote in the blowing snow. Almost looks like a painting; kind of reminds me of a Bev Doolittle. And the lighting on the mountain is gorgeous!

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Tami, i hadn’t thought about the Coyote in the blowing snow looking like a Bev Doolittle, I think you are right! Thanks for your comment.

  6. Bob Zeller October 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I love the shot of the falling snow with the grasses in the foreground. All it of makes a dramatic composiion. Well done, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Bob, i wasn’t sure about that image but the more I look at it the more I like it.

  7. Susan October 26, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Wonderful photos as usual, I love the coyote in falling snow especially:)

  8. Karen Bonsell October 26, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I thought about you when I heard Salt Lake City was going to be getting some snow! The one with the coyote in the snow looks cool! I really hope we get some snow in Kentucky this winter! Last year we got pretty much nothing!

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Karen, thanks for commenting and your kind words on the Coyote in the blowing snow. I hope you get some snow in Kentucky soon too!

  9. judy watson October 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Great pics! Love the coyote on the beach. The snow one looks good.

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