The Sun on my back
Coyote, Canis latrans
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. (GPS Approx: 49.200631, -122.998708)
With a municipal Golf Course on one side, a perpetual Construction site and Grey Creek on the other, this section of a little used and wrinkled Freight track passes through the City of Burnaby BC close To the North Arm of the Fraser River.
This is my favourite spot for photographing the local wildlife, whether itís Beaver, Muskrat, Mink or various local and migratory birds. At the top of the list since I moved to Canada from the UK six years ago, is the Coyote.
On a cool October morning after a night of rain and just after sunrise I was sat on the low railway embankment waiting for a Beaver that was in the culvert that takes Grey Creek under the railway.
Twenty or so metres down the track a Coyote came out of the creek side undergrowth and was sniffing around the railway ties (a good place for small rodents). I’ve always admired dark backlit subject photos and could visualise the shot I wanted. Unscrewing the monopod which wasnít allowing me to get low enough for the Coyote profile, I laid down between the tracks and took the shot just as the Coyote turned his head to look at the Sun.
I really liked the result, the sunlit track, the light reflected off the wet ballast and the highlights of the Coyote.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
Settings: 1/1250sec @ f7.1, ISO 200 @ 400mm