The Clever Black-Backed Jackal

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The Clever Black-Backed Jackal

The Clever Black-backed Jackal: a dove and sandgrouse hunter at the Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa



SIZE: 841mm X 594mm (A1 size)

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Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a unique watering spot and home to a myriad of wildlife species that depend on it for sustenance and survival. Amongst the cunning hunters that prowl the area is the black-backed jackal, a small yet clever predator that developed a unique taste for doves and sandgrouse.

The black-backed jackal is native to sub-Saharan Africa. Despite its unassuming size, these jackals earned a reputation as clever and opportunistic hunters. The diet of black-backed jackals primarily consists of small mammals, insects, carrion. However, those at Cubitje Quap developed a preference for avian delicacies: doves and sandgrouse.

When doves and sandgrouse come to drink or bathe at the waterhole, the jackals observe from the shadows. They have learned to adapt to the behaviours of their avian prey.  They wait patiently for the perfect moment to strike, utilising their their excellent stalking skills and keen senses.They strike when the birds are at their most vulnerable, just as they drop their beaks into the water. This moment of distraction is all the jackal needs to launch a swift and silent attack.

This picture called “Missed opportunity” was taken at Cubitje Quap waterhole at 500mm, 1/3200, f8, iso 640.

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Christo Giliomee, a renowned professional photographer who has gained recognition for his exceptional work in capturing the beauty of African wildlife and landscapes. With his camera as his tool and his passion for the African continent as his driving force, Christo has traveled extensively across Africa, capturing stunning images of its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. Stay updated with Christo’s latest photography by following him on social media, where he regularly shares his newest captures as soon as they become available.