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Canis latrans


This medium-sized canid is about 30–34 in (76–86 cm) in length, not including the tail and they weigh from 6.8–21 kg (15–46 lbs.). The fur is brown or grayish and grizzled on the back and sides. The underside is whitish or very light tan. The legs are tinged with russet.


Coyotes are extremely adaptable animals. As a result, they can be found in prairies, forests, and even suurban areas where they find habitat in parks.


I found this coyote hunting voles in a mountain meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA.

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chazglassmaker 10 years ago

Pure hunting spirit

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

Thanks Kevin. Hope you produce lots of great pictures from behind that lens.

Kevin8 12 years ago

thank you so much for the advice. I'v done a lot of research and the lens got really good reviews. Im really interested in wild life, and im just starting to get in to the photography aspect of it. I think the big beer can will be a good lens to start with. and im definitely going to check out the 1.4x converter you were talking about. thanks for and the help, and great job with all your photos they are amazing. you should work for natgeo!!!!!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

Thanks everyone.
Kevin, Yeah, the 70mm just won't do it. I shot this photo with a Canon 300 f4L lens with a 1.4x converter for as an effective length of 420mm f5.6 lens. This is a high quality combination and also fairly expensive (although not the cost of a Canon 400mm lens!). I'm not familiar with the Minolta "big beercan", although I seem to remember that it was a fixed f4 lens, which is fine since that is generally what I shoot at. You could probably combine the lens with a 1.4x or similar at some point for greater reach. It's always hard to give advice because it's hard to know how an individual uses their equipment, what subjects they prefer, and what quality of results they want. In general, do a lot of research. See what other people have to say about the lens. The f4 lens will help increase shutter speed to prevent subject movement blur and it will also help create those soft, blurry backgrounds that helps separates the subject from the background. Good luck with your decision.

nicky.sanchez 12 years ago

good shot there mister... :)

Kevin8 12 years ago

what kind of lens do you use? do you think the minolta 70-300mm "big beercan" would be a good choice for wild life photography? the 70mm I have now just doesn't cut it when i need to get close ups without scaring the animal.

SheaEckert 12 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Sep 17, 2006
Submitted on Apr 17, 2011

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