Active Daytime Coyote

Coyote - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

Coyote - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

I came across this Coyote at 8:15 one morning while driving the tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was hunting the edge of the walking trail located in the Sandtown Area.

During March and April, I notice that I have taken lots of photos of Coyotes during these two months. It is often assumed that if you see coyotes during the day, it is ill. Actually, it is normal for a coyote to be out during the day, as this is their natural time for hunting.

Urban coyotes are most active at night to avoid humans.

In the spring and summer when raising their pups, coyotes need to find more food and so may be more active during the day and thus spotted more often.

How I Got The Shot - Coyote

I was in my pickup and I noticed this Coyote walking the edge of the paved walking trail toward the road. I was behind some trees, so I waited for the Coyote to look away and then I slowly pulled forward until I could get a clear shot with my camera. It didn't pay much attention to my vehicle but it did finally hear my camera. It would look toward me but as long as I didn't make any sudden movements it would continue to search for prey.

I was using a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second at f6.3 and the ISO at 640. I also had a -0.3 exposure value because the sun was bright on the Coyotes light color fur. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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