Two generations of Coyotes

A Coyote from the older generationA Coyote from the older generation

A few days ago after photographing hummingbirds on Antelope Island I spotted two Coyotes along the causeway, it was obvious from the start that one was older and one was a youngster. I’m not completely sure but the Coyote above might be the one I call Scar Face. The older Coyote squinted in the bright sun and kept its ears down the whole time. It just seemed to lack interest in almost everything, it paid us no attention at all.

A Coyote from the younger generationA Coyote from the younger generation

The younger Coyote was smaller than the older one, probably a pup from this year and not quite as pale either. It did pay more attention to us and its surroundings.

A young Coyote on the edge of the Great Salt LakeA young Coyote on the edge of the Great Salt Lake

It moved along the rocks near the causeway, last year the water of the Great Salt Lake nearly covered these rocks but because of the drought we have had this year the water is receding further and further from the causeway. We really could use more rain.

Young Coyote and its pale eyesYoung Coyote and its pale eyes

This young Coyote had very pale eyes, at times they almost looked like they were an extremely light blue (most likely a reflection of the clear blue sky overhead) but they are a creamy pale yellow.

The young Coyote sniffing a boulderThe young Coyote sniffing a boulder

At one point the young Coyote seemed to be heading directly our way and was approaching the pickup, it may have been curious about us but not long after it sniffed this boulder a bicyclist zoomed up the road and the coyote retreated.

Yawning young CoyoteYawning young Coyote

Looks like the Coyote was hacking up a bone or something in the image above but it was really just yawning. After photographing fast moving, darting hummingbirds earlier that day the Coyotes seemed gigantic and slow moving but I’ll photograph them every chance I get because I am so fond of Coyotes.

Mia

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