Coyote after an October snow in 2012

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Coyote after an October snowCoyote after an October snow – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 1000, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 350mm, natural light, not baited or called in

By this time last year we had already had a decent snow fall in the Salt Lake Valley and it appears that we may get some of the fluffy white stuff this week. Maybe that will bring in the winter birds in higher numbers. I know I have been missing them.

Yesterday I did see my FOS (first of season) Rough-legged Hawks, I spotted five of them and it might possibly be six. They were too far away to get decent image of them but I danced for joy despite that. The Roughies are back!

While looking for Rough-legged Hawks last year I spotted this Coyote strolling along the causeway to Antelope Island looking for falcon leftovers. The Coyotes winter coat had filled in well and it looked rather fluffy when compared to their sleeker summer coats. Perhaps this week I will be able to take images of Coyotes in snow again.


BTW, this image was created in low light which is why my ISO is so high and also why I bumped up my exposure compensation. I have found that even at high ISO’s I get very little noise (if any) if my exposure is set right.


  1. Jane Chesebrough October 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Nice clear shot. Appreciate the notes about exposure and ISO.

  2. M. Firpi October 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    It’s tack sharp! I don’t dare to go over ISO 800!

  3. Sonja Ross October 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Waiting for and then seeing the changes the seasons bring is great. I do like the way this one shows the difference in fur in the colder months.

  4. Elephant's Child October 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Ooh and ahh. Another brilliant start to my day. And I hope your early mornings are filled with coyotes and raptors (and chocolate donuts) again soon.

  5. Montanagirl October 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Such detail in his coat! I never get close enough to a Coyote around here for any decent shots. That’s because people shoot at them.

  6. Stu October 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Great looking Coyote.. out strolling it would appear ;)..

  7. Lois Bryan October 28, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Soooo gorgeous … I feel your excitement … can’t wait to hear about your adventures and see your new posts!!! This guy is such a beauty. Meant to tell you how much I appreciate that you give us your camera / lens specs … very useful and interesting info. I see you used a TC … I’ve never used one. You’ve had good luck with them obviously … may have to add one to my wish list!!

  8. patty chadwick October 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I love seeing pictures of the the landscapes, especially the mountains, and the animals as well as the birds…coyotes are so elusive, shots like the ones you get are especially appreciated.

  9. Cheryl Valdez October 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Great shot, Mia. Love your shots of coyotes.

  10. Bob Bushell October 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Fantastic Coyote, and all flurry, cheers Mia.

  11. Bob Bushell October 28, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Fantastic Coyote, all flurry, cheers Mia.

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