WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Urban Wildlife

Martin Cooper, Canada

On the tracks of a coyote

This stretch of railway track in Burnaby, British Columbia, is Martin's favourite spot for photographing local wildlife. And autumn, with its beautiful, mellow light, is his favourite season to be there. One October dawn, while Martin was sitting on the embankment waiting for a beaver to reappear from a culvert, a coyote came out of the undergrowth a short distance down the track and started sniffing around for signs of rodents. 'At that moment, I knew the backlit shot I wanted,' says Martin. Slowly moving onto the track, he lay down on the ballast and waited, pressing the shutter as the coyote turned its head to look up at the sky.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + Sigma 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens; 1/1250 sec at f7.1; ISO 200.


Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada: latitude 49.229492, longitude -123.00258 Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada: latitude 49.229492, longitude -123.00258

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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Martin Cooper, Canada