A Pair of Coyotes and a Missing Canine

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A Pair of CoyotesA Pair of Coyotes – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

No, I am not talking about someone missing their dog Spot or Buster in the title where I have Missing Canine! But I’ll get to that.

I saw two Coyotes right after arriving on Antelope Island yesterday that were bathed in the soft light of dawn, I can’t resist taking images of the beautiful “Song Dogs” that I see and I couldn’t resist this pair.

A Coyote RaspberryA Coyote Raspberry – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

One of the Coyotes wasn’t very cooperative after the image above was taken and kept its back to me and it sure looks like the other one is giving me a raspberry.

Yawning CoyoteYawning Coyote – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Or maybe it was just still sleepy.

A really big Coyote YawnA really big Coyote Yawn – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

This is about as big as I have ever seen a Coyote yawn! But there is something missing in this picture. I don’t know what caused it but this Coyote is missing its left lower canine tooth.

Missing CanineMissing Canine – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

This is a large crop that shows a gap where the canine tooth used to be. I am not worried about this Coyote though because it will do just fine without that one missing tooth.

The coyotes seemed to be searching the grasses and sagebrush for ground nesting bird eggs or perhaps the chicks but while I observed them they didn’t take any prey.

Life is good.

Mia

4 Comments

  1. Deena Caniff April 28, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Mia: I think if you look real good you will see that the canine is broken off down into the gum line in the back. Check again. Love your photos, you do great work. I couldn’t wrap my brain around my camera, to my dismay. It doesn’t keep me from enjoying those that can. Keep up the good work for all of us, and thank you for sharing. God Bless.

  2. Patty Chadwick April 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Just had a cracked tooth pulled myself… because of an abcess…can identify with that coyote…neither of us can afford a bridge,soooo…we”ll continue to look lIke a half eaten bowl of Rice Crispies, like it or not. The maain difference(a big one) I don’t have to use my teeth to catch and tear up my dinner. Interesting series!

  3. Larry Muench April 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Great shots! Beautiful light, comical, and informative!

  4. Nancy Collins April 28, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Such beautiful animals! Maybe it was born missing a canine? Thanks for sharing Mia! Gorgeous photos!

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