I photographed this coyote on my last trip to Point Reyes. The photo was taken just before noon. Seeing a coyote midday is fairly unusual, especially for the summer months. They are crepuscular (active during dawn and dusk hours) and nocturnal. That doesn’t mean you will never see them during daylight hours. It just means that they are less active then. I believe there is a seasonal aspect to it as well. I see far more coyotes during the daytime in winter months than I do during summer months.
I spotted this individual while driving back from the Pierce Point area. I stopped slightly past the coyote and had to hand-hold for this photo. Not my first choice with a big lens.