Portraits of a Coyote

A Noble Beast - Coyote PortraitA Noble Beast – Coyote Portrait – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/2000, ISO 640, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

These Coyote portraits were created yesterday morning after finding the Coyote hunting voles along the causeway to Antelope Island State Park. I was so close to the Coyote that I could not fit the entire Coyote into the frame and since I didn’t feel like I had time to take off my teleconverter I opted to zoom in and take portraits of the Coyote.

Coyote PortraitCoyote Portrait – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

I felt hurried because there was traffic on the causeway, a bicyclist and truck heading west to the island,  the bicyclist zoomed by without seeing the Coyote just a few feet from the side of the road and the truck didn’t even slow down. I had thought the Coyote might move away but it stood its ground and continued to hunt.

There are times when my subjects do get too close for me to fit their whole bodies into the frame with my gear and quite often I will decide to take portraits instead of full body shots. I enjoy portraits though because they give me a sense of closeness and intimacy with my subjects.



  1. Patty Chadwick April 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    WONDERFUL!!! make me think of a plains style drum I made… It was not my first drum so it should have gone smoothly…but it didn’t. Nothing’s went easy or right. As a result, when it was finished, I painted a coyote on it, much like the ones you posted…It had a great sound, but EVERY TIME I used it, things went wrong…nothing big, just very annoying…like misplaced keys, etc. Now I keep it on a shelf, where it “smiles” slyly down at me…Coyotes are not called Iktomi (trickster/teacher) for nothing!

  2. Lois Bryan April 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    so gorgeous!!!

  3. Julie Brown April 23, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Excellent head shots. Very nice light and isolation from the background.

  4. Kim April 22, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Your portrait shots are fantastic Mia, seeing fine detail is what I love most about wildlife photography and your shots are always a delight. The coyote is so sharp and vibrant I can almost feel his warm breath.

  5. Grace Dunklee Cohen April 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    No apologies needed here, Mia – these are beautiful shots – Thank you for sharing!

  6. Utahbooklover April 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Close-ups are often more interesting, although I also like to see the whole animal and usually shoot that way. But I do find the first profile shot to be very good.

  7. Elephant's Child April 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Amazing. Thank you. Lots.

  8. Sarah Mayhew April 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Very nice portraits!

  9. CK Caldwell April 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

    These portraits are perfect tributes to this magnificent animal. Love ’em!

  10. Samantha Biobabbler April 21, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love shots like those. I find it hard to NOT back out & get the whole animal, but I LOVE the close ups. I just need to resist the urge and stay in tight. It’s a real treat to see a coyote that closely. Pretty amazing animals.

  11. Montanagirl April 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Beautiful portraits, Mia!

  12. Sherry in MT April 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Those are lovely portraits of a canine that I admire but that does still give me the creeps (just me with small dogs in the country is all). 🙂

  13. John Randall April 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Wonderful portraits Mia !

  14. judy watson April 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Amazing!! I love the portraits!
    Well done, Mia!

  15. Jolanta April 21, 2014 at 4:46 am

    I love it!

  16. Nancy April 21, 2014 at 4:40 am

    So striking Mia! A beautiful portrait of a beautiful animal!

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