During my recent trip to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I had the chance to photograph a pair of coyotes. Coyotes are shy animals and tend to avoid humans, but these two were particularly curious.

A Pair Of Coyotes

A Pair Of Coyotes

The reason for a pair of coyotes being together can vary depending on the situation. They may be mating partners, or a parent with a pup. In some cases, coyotes may form packs, which are social groups consisting of family members and other individuals that hunt and defend territory together. Additionally, coyotes may also travel and hunt together in pairs in order to increase their chances of capturing prey. Ultimately, the specific reason why a pair of coyotes might be together would depend on the behavior and circumstances of the individual animals.

As I sat in my pickup truck near the open field, I caught a glimpse of movement out of the corner of my eye. Two coyotes emerged from the brush and paused to look in my direction. Their fur was varying shades of grey, tan, and reddish-brown, with bushy tails tipped in black. The pair seemed healthy and alert, their pointed ears swiveling to listen for any signs of danger.

I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. Moving slowly so as not to startle them, I re-angled my lens and snapped a few photos as they stood there observing me. After a minute or two, the coyotes lost interest and resumed their trek across the field.

Photographing wildlife requires patience and persistence. A chance encounter like this reminds me why I love what I do. Being able to observe animals in their natural habitat, even for just a brief moment, is an incredible privilege. I’m thrilled to have captured images of these normally elusive creatures. Moments like these make all the hours of waiting worthwhile.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: July 12, 2022 (06:24 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600
  • ISO: 2500 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 500 mm