Yesterday a Coyote Pup came out of the weeds into the middle of the road in front of my vehicle while I was driving at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I was driving slow and had plenty of time to stop.
Last August I started seeing several Coyote Pups and was able to get some closeup photos of them for a couple of months:
I read that the chances of a coyote pup surviving the summer into adulthood is actually pretty low. Being struck by a vehicle is the top reason for a lot of them not making it.
Coyote Pup - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma
How I Got The Shot - Coyote Pup
I knew my chances of getting a photo of this Coyote Pup was low. Since the Pup was in the middle of the road in front of my pickup I needed to open my door to get a shot. My experience over the years is that wildlife will take off when you open your door and step out with a camera. The other problem I had was that the sun was behind the Coyote so it would be backlit.
The Pup stopped and was turned sideways and was watching me. I opened my door as easy as possible and stuck one foot out onto the road. I saw the Coyote flinch like it was going to take off running but it didn't. I was able to put my camera between the door and the pickup and use the door as cover. I was able to get several photos before it turned and walked away.
I was using my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting with a shutter speed of 1/250 of a second at f5.6. The ISO was at 125. I had the exposure mode set at manual with auto ISO and evaluative metering. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous autofocus.