Early Morning Coyote and the Great Salt Lake

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Coyote on the shore of the Great Salt Lake just after dawnCoyote on the shore of the Great Salt Lake just after dawn – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/125, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

Yesterday an early morning session with a Coyote, the Great Salt Lake and some rocks made my day, I was so very happy to photograph the “Song Dog”. I haven’t seen as many coyotes as I used to on Antelope Island State Park or the causeway to it the past couple years and I have missed photographing them.

Coyote on rocks in the Great Salt LakeCoyote on rocks in the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

The light wasn’t the best because the sun hadn’t fully risen over the Wasatch Mountains to the east but I didn’t care because the Coyote was there and so was I.

Coyote, the Great Salt Lake and a pile of rocksCoyote, the Great Salt Lake and a pile of rocks – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

The warm colors of the Coyote and the rocks it was standing on contrasted nicely with the cool tones of the water in the Great Salt Lake and there was enough light to make the coyote’s golden eyes glow.

Coyote walking on rocks next to the Great Salt LakeCoyote walking on rocks next to the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

The Coyote checked out the rocky area slowly which gave me time to take plenty of photos of it, several hundred actually.

Lone Coyote in dawn's early lightLone Coyote in dawn’s early light – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

There is a little more water in the Great Salt Lake right now than there has been in a while and I am glad that the water was close to these rocks, the photo looks so much better in my opinion than it would have had the water not reached the rocks.

Coyote's stareCoyote’s stare – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/200, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

When the Coyote looked up and stared in my direction I felt connected to it. I admire them, I treasure them and I am always glad to have them in my viewfinder.

Coyote leaving the rocks next to the Great Salt LakeCoyote leaving the rocks next to the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/200, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

After the Coyote walked around the rocky area it started to head towards the island and it walked in that direction.

Coyote walking on the flats of the Great Salt LakeCoyote walking on the flats of the Great Salt Lake – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/200, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or called in

The coyote’s foot shows a bit of motion blur in this image and in the first image at the top of this post but I really don’t mind that much at all, I was just so delighted to have the Coyote in my view finder.

Life is good.

Mia

9 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte November 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What a great series of pics Mia! I know you specialize in bird images, but your wildlife photos are terrific too. There is so much to see in every shot. Thanks.

  2. Patty Chadwick November 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    That is a nice, healthy animal…a pleasure t0 see….we have had several rabid ones here…sad!!! Nice to see the level of the lake has risen, too…

  3. Elephants Child November 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    What an absolutely glorious start to the day.

  4. Marty K November 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

    He’s a beaut! Those eyes! Your coyotes always look so much better than our SoCal scruffy ones. 🙂

  5. Laura Culley November 1, 2017 at 9:47 am

    What a glorious series! I see coyotes here but not frequently. I often hear them, not far off, singing the songs of their people.

  6. Liz Cormack November 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Gorgeous photos. I used to see Coyotes a lot but they have been very scarce this last year. Loss of habitat would be my guess.

  7. John Randall November 1, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Beautiful series Mia !

  8. David Sparks November 1, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Wow! The third one and the last one are my favorites. 1.4x TC?

    • Mia McPherson November 1, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Thanks Dave, and thank you for pointing out my typo, it is 1.4x TC not 2.4x TC. I guess I should have woken up completely before filling in my techs!

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