While in the Grand Tetons, we stumbled upon a Coyote Pup Den. Since I had just received my new Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DI VC USD Lens, this was my first "real" subject to try it out one. It did wonderfully! I used the VC and autofocus on a Canon 7D crop sensor camera. It never failed to focus, it was very fast to focus on my subject, was quite enjoyable to shoot and produced tack, sharp images! I had the camera and lens combo mounted on my Vanguard Alta Pro 283 CT Tripod with BBH-200 Ballhead. I choose to leave the VC on, even though I was on a tripod. Shooting at that long of a focal length even the slightest amount of movement or wind could create a blurry image, so I left VC on to help eliminate that.
Back to the coyote pups....
I believe it was our first day there, we just stumbled upon this den because it was in another popular location for landscape photos. On our first day, we spent a few minutes with the pups and it appeared that several were out playing at once, but they kept their distance. They were a ton of fun to watch.
We went back on our second day, and although they weren't out and about when we got there, we decided to wait a bit and see if they emerged. They did. I didn't get any shots this second day, though because I loaned my lens to an off duty park ranger we had met and were talking to. I let him mount his camera to the new Tamron 150-600. I didn't get any shots, but it was worth it just to make Ranger Kelley's his day!
On our last day in the tetons, we went back to the den. No pups were around, so we waited...and waited...and waited. I believe we were there about an hour before a pup or two emerged. It felt like hours and hours, though ;)
One of the pups had came around the back of the house the den was under and kinda sneaked up on us. He even tried to go in the outhouse!
Then he slowly worked his way towards our cameras.
Then he walked within 20 yards of us and just posed for all of us. I think the sounds of all the shutters ripping was intriguing him. He gave us a few minutes of posing and then slowly made his way back to the den with his litter mates.
It was a great opportunity to see these tiny creatures! The sad part of this was when we heard that the litter started at 13 pups and was down to 7 by the time we were there. And, in talking to the ranger, he said half of those seven would be shot within a year.