Coyote and a Vole on a Dreary Winter Day

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Coyote about to pounce on a voleCoyote about to pounce on a vole – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Three years ago today it was dreary and cold but I was out in the field looking for birds and wildlife to photograph despite the cruddy weather. I did not see many birds that wintry day but I did have fun photographing a Coyote hunting, catching and consuming a vole in low light conditions.

I was able to photograph the Coyote as it was about to pounce on a vole under the snow.

Coyote with a vole in its teethCoyote with a vole in its teeth – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

And as it held the vole gingerly with its teeth, until the vole is dead those little rodents can bite the coyote’s mouth and I know that is a fact because I have seen it happen.

Coyote dropping a voleCoyote dropping a vole – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light, not baited or called in

And it appeared to have happened that day too because the Coyote dropped the vole and I caught it falling to the ground with my camera. The vole was eventually eaten…

Coyote hunting on the snow covered lake bedCoyote hunting on the snow covered lake bed – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 235mm, natural light, not baited or called in

And the Coyote continued to hunt for more voles on the snow covered lake bed. The Coyote was my best subject that day. I haven’t photographed them much lately because when I have spotted them they have been too far away to obtain high quality images of them. I miss seeing the Song Dogs close enough to photograph.

As I said on my previous post about this Coyote: One Coyote + one low light winter morning + camera in hand = 1 happy Mia

Life is good.

Mia

11 Comments

  1. Azstu February 6, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    A Regal Scene.. Coyote in the Snow. Excellent Photography and great story.

  2. Kim February 6, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Great images! Love these!

  3. Utahbooklover February 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Great series and post. I especially like the first image.

  4. Bobby mcpherson February 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Cool shots, MiA. Love your action shots.

  5. Don February 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Fabulous photos, spot on!

  6. Pepe Forte February 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    As much as I love your bird pics, your animal photos are equally terrific. Seeing Old Wile E., there in full hunting mode is so cool. The composition and detail is wonderful. Thanks.

  7. M. Bruce February 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Fascinating series!

  8. Patty Chadwick February 5, 2017 at 8:51 am

    The first two shots are interesting, but the third is GORGEOUS!!! The angle of the coyote, the shapes and lacey patterns of the golden weeds and grasses, the snow, the cold, winter light…all BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE it!!!

  9. Jerry Ellison February 5, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Great shots Mia! I just really enjoy action sequences and this set is captured beautifully!

  10. Esther February 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Lovely photos.. the coyote looks in great condition.

  11. Mary Jo Adams February 5, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Wonderful images!

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