13 December 2016
Just back from a week with an awesome group in Yellowstone and the Tetons. We had many great opportunities with Coyote. It seems to me that since the reintroduction of the Wolf the Coyote seem to be much more active during the daylight hours? I believe the Wolves must own the night.
Quick tip… If you find yourself in front of a Coyote that is cocking his head side to side, he is trying to triangulate the exact location of his prey. Within a few seconds he is going to pounce!
Quickly, place the Coyote low in the corner facing into the frame with his tail almost touching the edge. If he is jumping parallel to you lock focus on his face and disengage the auto-focus. The reason is once he jumps your auto-focus will just grab the background and you will likely lose the shot. Once that front paw leaves the ground put the hammer down, fire off half a dozen frames with your motor drive on high.
Good Luck and Good Light!
Image: Coyote Hunting Mice, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Nikon D4S, Nikon 600mm, 1/1,000 @ F8, ISO 400
Image cropped 10% for final compostition