Appearances can be deceiving.
The photos that follow are actually of a young coyote, the middle youngster of three, if one is going by size. It generally hangs out with the smallest or youngest of the three & if you see one of the pair, the other isn't far away. As we are now almost two weeks into Winter, the coyotes have grown their thick winter coats which not only provide warmth but add depth to their appearance.
And the intensity of those eyes is not an aggressive gesture. It is due to the sharpness and non blinking nature of those yellow coyote eyes. I was some distance away and a creek between us. Looking through the lens, the look albeit brief, was more of curiosity before the coyote continued on its walk away from me.
And for a true comparison of how close-ups can change appearances, you might want to check out the photos in the previous blog of January 2, 2024, "Sometimes Even Coyotes Just Want To Have Fun". This coyote is the first of the two, heading across the pond, in Photo #3 through Photo #7.