Singing Song Dogs

A mated pair of Coyotes singing in the morning lightA mated pair of Coyotes singing in the morning light – Nikon D810, f10, 1/400, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

I started my morning yesterday on Antelope Island State Park with a mated pair of singing Song Dogs. I had just gone past the marina when I heard their song and spotted them so I was able to turn around and found a position where I was close enough to photograph them and far enough away so that I didn’t stop from their early morning serenade. Way off in the distance I could hear other coyotes answering this pair.

The Coyote on the left has come a long way since it was injured back in February. I can barely see any scarring on its muzzle but the “Roman Nose” appearance does make it easy to identify. I am certain now that it is a female because she is the smaller of the two. It looks like she has lost some hair on her tail because it is not thick and bushy.

A pair of Song Dogs singingA pair of Song Dogs singing – Nikon D810, f13, 1/400, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

Sitting in my Jeep and listening to coyotes sing for 5 minutes was an awesome experience and a great way to start my day. Bird photography was slow on the island but this pair of coyotes made the trip more than worth it.

Life is good.


I respect coyotes because they are wild animals and will keep my distance because they are wild but some people aren’t very knowledgeable about coyotes like this woman that I read about yesterday who “thought” she saw coyotes while hiking. If you want a chuckle I suggest reading the news article Hiker climbs tree to escape coyotes, gets stuck for 5 hours. I am still shaking my head about that story.


  1. Humming Bird Lover July 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

    HI! I miss seeing and hearing your song dogs! Hope to get out there again someday/ Have a special day shooting!

  2. Elephant's Child July 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Poor Roman Nose doesn’t have a lot of luck does she? I love that she sings. And hope that she can continue to do so. And that she can pass her determination and survival skills on.

  3. Rohrerbot July 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Magical! Sometimes, the birds take a back seat to the other amazing things happening. This is a photo that captures the essence of these beautiful mammals. And if I didn’t see any birds on that outing, I would have been completely happy with this amazing observation!

  4. Wally July 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Another wonderful moment to treasure within your memory cells! Chasing birds in the wee hours offers us so much more. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Deborah Flowers July 29, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Very cool photos.
    I must be misinformed. I would be afraid of coming across them as well.

  6. Liz Cormack July 29, 2015 at 5:09 am

    I love coyotes. They are so beautiful. And I love hearing them during the night…..even if they do wake me up.

  7. Bob Bushell July 29, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Beautiful Coyotes, beautiful sound.

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