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Let's see your jackals and bat-eared foxes.

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Black-backed jackals: Kgalagadi TP, South Africa (2009)

 

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Golden jackal: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania (2013)

 

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Ndutu in Feb 2013, early morning

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This was in the Mara in December 2013 - I was actually out of the car taking sunset photos when the guide told me to turn around. The jackal was about 5 feet away from me.

 

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These guys are so often overlooked.

 

Bat-eared Fox and Black-backed Jackal pics from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park...

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Photographed in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, on 2 October, 2014, at 6:19 pm with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super telephoto lens.

 

ISO 6400, 1/2000 sec., f/2.8, 400 mm focal length, handheld Shutter Priority exposure.

 

After a productive day of observation and photography, my friend and guide, Anthony Gitau, was driving back to the Samburu Sopa Lodge.

 

The mountains in Samburu are such that at many times of the year they cause early sunsets, with low light conditions arriving earlier than might occur without such western ridges.

 

Anthony gently stopped when this adult Canis mesomelas stepped into the dusty track we were following.

 

The jackal stopped looked around and quietly trotted off the track into the bush, having paused long enough for this portrait.

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Bat-eared Fox Trio in Amboseli

Photographed at 10:29 am on 11 February, 2014 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
ISO 800, 1/5000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
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As it happens, this image of a trio of Bat-eared Foxes hunting in Amboseli National Park is a record of the only time in my life that I've ever seen any fox in nature.
I'd never have noticed them, far to the right of the safari van, had Anthony not pointed out their distinctive presence. They ran, paused, ran, paused, ran again.

 

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Kgalagadi Jackal

 

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(Nikon D7000 + 500mm f4 @ f5.6 and ISO400 for 1/2500)

 

Prowler.

 

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(Nikon D7000 + 500mm f4 @ f4, 400 ISO for 1/500)

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Prowler.

 

~ @@Peter Connan

 

The golden light around your prowler — NICE !!!!!!!!!

That sort of cinematic luminosity heightens the sense of an event unfolding.

I especially love the way the prowler enters the scene on the lower right.

Stealthy.

Thank you for posting these!

Tom K.

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Morning Hunter



Photographed at 8:13 am on 22 January, 2013 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens + EF 2x extender.



ISO 100, 1/160 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual Exposure.



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Every morning game drive in five separate safaris in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya has featured sightings of Canis mesomelas, Black-backed Jackal.



They trot along a fast clip, frequently looking about them, alert to potential threats and to potential prey. This jackal seemed especially well-fed and vigorous, almost prancing as it ran along.


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Retreating Jackal



~ Photographed on 22 July, 2015 at 3:24 pm in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.



ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/640 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.



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An oddity during the July, 2015 safari was spotting Black-backed Jackals immediately following entering several widely separated reserves or parks. We wondered if jackals were the designated greeting committee.



This particular jackal was one of a pair trotting along in a dry area. They glanced up at us but seemed indifferent. Who knows what errand was foremost in their mid-afternoon itinerary?


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Large Bones, Small Jackal



Photographed at 8:13 am on 3 May, 2015 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 200, 1/400 sec., f/10, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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When an all-day game drive commences in Masai Mara, there's a very high probability that jackals will be observed, trotting along with a characteristic gait. This game drive was no different.


The jackal ran past immense bleached bones, the contrast in scale between the two was comical. Jackals are a feature of Masai Mara which underscore the ecosystem's health and vitality. I'm pleased to see them as frequently as possible.

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As there are some images missing from this topic, let's see some more jackals and bat eared foxes. I know there are a few inhabiting some recent trip reports...

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At Selinda, last month!

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TRAGEDY IN NGORONGORO CRATER JULY 2015.

In July 2015 we visited The Ngorongoro Crater as part of our Tanzanian northern circuit safari, expecting it to be busy we insisted to our guide that we wanted to gain entrance as early as possible that morning. Hence we were the 2nd vehicle to enter at around 06.00 and enjoyed a relatively peaceful couple of hours before the crowds arrived. Late in the morning we were heading south through the crater towards Lerai Forest when a safari vehicle with a family on board overtook us at speed, far exceeding the 25km/h limit. When it was about 50 metres in front of us still travelling far too fast it was seen to strike full on a mammal crossing the track. The vehicle stopped for a few seconds and then continued on it's way still at speed. When we arrived at the scene a Bat-eared Fox was clearly dead.This was a preventable accident and one thay severely impacted on our enjoyment of the visit. Eventually further down the track we caught up with the offending vehicle at a not very convincing rhino sighting, our guide enraged got out to speak to the offending driver and was verbally abused. The incident was reported to NCAA Headquarters as we left.

 

I only publish this image to highlight the impact irresposible guiding can have on an area's fauna. What a sad end to a beautiful animal.

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Naiboisho in the Mara was a hotbed of Jackal activity in March this year. We had a nice encounter with this youngster on our first drive of our stay.

 

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Critters gathering, Kwara, November 2015:

 

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Pulling back a bit more...

 

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Impala apparently gored while sparring.

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Selinda, November 2005

 

Looking for flying termits in the water

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Black-backed Jackals

Etosha National Park

Namibia

June 2016

 

 

Underrated in my opinion - wise, wary and wily and I always enjoy seeing them on safari

 

They don't like getting too close but I managed a few close shots whilst in Etosha

 

David Taylor

 

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Black Backed Jackal

Tuli Block, Botswana. Feb 2016

 

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Back black jackal pups and mama, Kalahari

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@The Plains Wanderer I love watching jackals myself and I never get tired of them.

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Black-backed Jackal, Kgalagadi

 

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