Two generations of Coyotes

A Coyote from the older generationA Coyote from the older generation

A few days ago after photographing hummingbirds on Antelope Island I spotted two Coyotes along the causeway, it was obvious from the start that one was older and one was a youngster. I’m not completely sure but the Coyote above might be the one I call Scar Face. The older Coyote squinted in the bright sun and kept its ears down the whole time. It just seemed to lack interest in almost everything, it paid us no attention at all.

A Coyote from the younger generationA young Coyote

The younger Coyote was smaller than the older one, probably a pup from this year and not quite as pale either. It did pay more attention to us and its surroundings.

A young Coyote on the edge of the Great Salt LakeA young Coyote on the edge of the Great Salt Lake

It moved along the rocks near the causeway, last year the water of the Great Salt Lake nearly covered these rocks but because of the drought we have had this year the water is receding further and further from the causeway. We really could use more rain.

Young Coyote and its pale eyesYoung Coyote and its pale eyes

This young Coyote had very pale eyes, at times they almost looked like they were an extremely light blue (most likely a reflection of the clear blue sky overhead) but they are a creamy pale yellow.

The young Coyote sniffing a boulderThe young Coyote sniffing a boulder

At one point the young Coyote seemed to be heading directly our way and was approaching the pickup, it may have been curious about us but not long after it sniffed this boulder a bicyclist zoomed up the road and the coyote retreated.

Yawning young CoyoteYawning young Coyote

Looks like the Coyote was hacking up a bone or something in the image above but it was really just yawning. After photographing fast moving, darting hummingbirds earlier that day the Coyotes seemed gigantic and slow moving but I’ll photograph them every chance I get because I am so fond of Coyotes.

I hope you enjoy these young Coyote images and the image of the adult too!

Life is good.


Can you believe it is September already??


  1. M. Firpi September 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    It’s so wonderful to see different generations of the same species. I did the same thing with the Iguanas and I learned a lot about their behavior, anatomy and aging process.

  2. Jane Chesebrough September 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Great series of coyotes, the young yawner is a give-away. Or at least that is what I guessed when I first saw this.

  3. eric c11 September 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    nice attitude on last picture, good serie mia =))
    i m away 2 weeks in holidays, a good reason to search and try new spot too,
    see you soon

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Eric, I hope you are having a marvelous time on your holiday! Get plenty of images to share.

  4. Ilze Long September 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Mia,

    I so enjoy your pictures, and the stories you tell about them. To me it is always more than just the image. So much is behind it, and you take the time to tell that story. I thank you.

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you dear Ilze, the stories just naturally go with the images 🙂

  5. Elephant's Child September 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    That is such an impressive yawn. And I have a huge soft spot for any animal which takes the crap we throw at it and survives. Though on further reflection I have a huge soft spot for most animals. And ours is the species I have most reservations about.

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      EC, I have a huge soft spot for any animal too that can survive the mess we are making of this planet. I can only think of a few animals I don’t really care for but quite a few humans that should be locked up. Thanks for your comment.

  6. Tammy Karr September 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Coyotes are such beautiful animals:) The youngster looks like a curious kiddo, checking everything out!

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Tammy, thanks for commenting! I agree with you about the youngster checking everything out.

  7. Nicole September 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I LOVE COYOTES!!!!! Perhaps that would change if one of my cats was eaten by one of them… Coyotes are beautiful and smart and have every right to exist and flourish, just as we do (although we humans flourish a bit too well on this planet). Thank you for sharing a wonderful series!!

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks Nicole, I think wildlife does suffer because humans flourish too much. They are just so very appealing to me.

  8. biobabbler September 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I love coyotes, too. You have to admire a species that deals SO well with humans.

    I guess I can believe it’s September, sort of, but I must say I am looking forward to forecasts where the highs are below the 90s. Not happening yet, but I’m READY for it! =)

    • Mia McPherson September 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Thanks biobabbler, fortunately Coyotes are extremely resilient or they would not have survived 100+ years of attempted extermination.

      It is hot here too, and I can’t wait for temps to cool down.

  9. Stu September 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Excellent pictures. Great colors and, as always, the associated narration on what’s going on is perfect.. A big coyote fan also.

    • Mia McPherson September 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Stu, Coyotes are misunderstood but they are wonderful, wish more people realized how they are needed for natural balance.

  10. Montanagirl September 1, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Very nice shots of the coyotes. Here in Montana, they “high-tail” it if a human comes along. I rarely get a photo of one.

    • Mia McPherson September 1, 2013 at 6:58 am


      Off of Antelope Island and the causeway to it the Coyotes in Utah high-tail it too, they aren’t hunted on the island but they are practically everywhere else in Utah.

  11. Sonja Ross September 1, 2013 at 4:19 am

    It’s a striking contrast!

  12. Bob Bushell September 1, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Those Coyote are splendid, really real.

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