While setting up to photograph the sunrise during the early morning hours, I noticed to dark figures around the bird feeders in my backyard.
Photographs taken on 27 November 2018.
This test snapshot was taken 54 minutes before the official sunrise and indicates how dark it was.
Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 30 sec.; ISO-100; 90mm
When I took my attention off the horizon I noticed two figures in my backyard. The figures were very interested in the area around the bird feeders. The two figures were about the size of dogs. That is when I realized the figures were the two coyotes that call this area home.
For this photo I shined a flashlight at the coyote.
Coyote Searching for Peanuts
I quickly adjusted the ISO on my camera for the extreme low-light conditions. I kept the exposure time short because the coyotes were constantly moving.
To my astonishment one of the coyotes was eating the peanuts that had fallen to the ground.
Practicing Night-time Wildlife Shots
The coyotes surprised me and I was not prepared to photograph them. I need more practice. What should I have done differently? I should have gone to a wide-angle or switched lenses to allow for a lower f-stop.
Coyotes get their name from the Aztec word "Coyotl" which means "singing dog".
|Camera||Canon EOS 7D|
|Lens||Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom|
|Filters||Tiffen UV Protection Filter, Tiffen Circular Polarizer Glass Filter|
|Monopod||aluminum Vanguard monopod Abeo AP-284 4-stage medium-sized|
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