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Common or Golden Jackal

Common or Golden Jackal
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Foxes, Maned wolves, & Jackals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-05 4:51
Viewed: 6445
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 70
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Golden Jackal (Canis aureus), also called the Asiatic or Common Jackal, is a small jackal native to northern and central Africa and southern Asia. The Golden Jackal lives 7 to 9 years in the wild, but has been known to live up to 16 years in captivity.
Cooperative hunting is important to this jackal because pairs are three times more likely to be successful than individuals in hunting. Its diet varies, but includes birds, rodents, fish, young gazelles, insects and fruit. It will often follow lions and other big cats to scavenge their kills. Males will often hunt and bring food to the female during pregnancy.

The Golden Jackal tends to live in small family groups consisting of a mated pair and some of their offspring, which serve as "helpers". "Helpers" stay with the parents for a year after reaching sexual maturity, to help take care of the next litter. The Golden Jackal mates for life. The pair hunts, defends territory, shares food, and provides for the offspring together.

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Hi Tom,
Awesome action photo. I love the stilled motion and the details are so clear and clean. I like the pov.
Great shot,
best regards

Incredible action shot.
So dynamic.
Usually it is better to use slower time to show movement. Here the dust doest the trick and shows the movement even better than a blur. Brilliant.
Perfect timing
perfect composition.

Dea Tom,
this is a are shot that merits highest praise. First, the Golden jackal is not often photographed in the wild. Second, the scene is full of intensity and action. Third you caught the right split second for a photographically perfect shot (composition, sharpness, settings all at the best). My congratulations to you and thanks for this interesting picture!
Best regards,

What a dynamic image! This is a stunning image of the highest quality! Kudos!

Perfect capture Tom.
Very beautiful wildlife action shot.
Wonderful to see dust all over the place on the right hand side were the one Jackal jumps on to the other to attack him for a bit of food.
Great to see movement in the image were it has to be and sharp details on the head and paw of the Jackal on the left.
Thanks for sharing.
Kindest regards, Harry

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-05 5:41]

Hola Tom,
magnífica foto,
excelente acción,
detalles magníficos...
buen trabajo,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-05 6:05]

Hi Tom,
Impressive! Bravo and TFS

Hello Tom
Very intersting shot with wonderful movement,
Perfect details,BG and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hello Tom,
Nice action shot. Beautiful colours. Well composed.

Hi Tom,
Terrific action capture, excellent technique to freeze the action so well..
One of a kind, Hat's off!
I read the action being "keep away", a favorite past time of my dogs..It looks like the trailing jackal wants what the other one has..
Very dynamic, Very well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-05 8:23]

Hi Tom
Very nice composition.Sharp image whit very good details and lovely colors.
TFS Michel

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-05 9:35]

Hi Tom,
Great action shot, would not like to be in that fight.
Nice movement and details visable.
TFS Paula

Hi Tom,
This is so impressive!
I like so much your timing and quick hands to have shoot this moment.
Excellent the action here, in the run with the prey and the floating soil.
I would like to see a close up of jackal at the front...just great!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-05 19:56]

Hi Tom,
Superb action captured excellently with your camera work, they look a bit like coyotes, thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-05 20:59]

Hello Tom

WOW! what a capture.Excellent timing .The action is intense.Wonderful focus and details.The POV is awesome.I love the dirt being kicked up in the melee.Great work.TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-06 1:21]

Hello Tom,
Excellent action shot.Well caught,framed and composed.Moment you caught is excellent.

Hi Tom,
Great dramatic action photo. You captured very good detail in this shot.
Light and colors look grat. Very well done!

:) later

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2007-07-07 21:59]

Beautiful shot. TFS


Hello Top,
Excellent action shot, there is a lot to look at.
The dust is great as is the pose of the front Jackal with it's legs in impossible angles.
TFS - Shir

Wow ! Superb action shot of dynamics amongst these animals when feeding. Great detail, you stopped the action perfectly and it shows the amazing contortions and angles of a moving body that the naked eye never really sees. Well done ! Colors are super, good DOF and composition suits the action.

TFS, Mish

Terrefic action shot. The expression on the front runner is super...as are the hairs standing up! Hair-raising stuff this - a real dog fight!


Hello Tom,

Wow!!! What an impressive action picture of an animal that I don't see often in pictures! 1/2000s was a great choice in order to freeze the action like here... Why were they running like that???

Excellent pov, composition and exposition!

Great work and TFS!


  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-07-15 9:49]

Hello Tom, this is a very good action shot. I love the feeling of movement and he aggression. I saw only one or two jackals when I was in SA and they are not very easy to photograph, well done! Very good job indeed.

Great capture. Perfect timing. Although the action is frozen, the sense of movement is obvious thanks to the linear composition, the "pose" of the animals as well as the dust they are kicking. Sharp detail.

hello Tom

i like this kind of action photos

very nice action shot



one of the most beautiful pictures i saw on TN!
what does he have in mouth?

Molto bella e dinamica naturalmente questa foto,
proprio di quelle che piacciono a me.
Un cordiale saluto, Pierdamiano

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-08-17 15:15]

AMAZING!!!! Awesome Action shot. I know your heart was pounding when you captured this!!! Wow I would love to shoot somthing like this someday.


Hi Tom. This is a fantastic wild animal shot. The speed they are running at looks very fast and you captured it clearly. Well done. TFS. Murray.

Impressive! Great dinamism and moment, beautyful shot, very sharp!
Two very deserved points.


Hello Tom,

Extremely intense picture. I'm new to the site, but this is definitely one of my favorites. The composition is amazing...


Hi Tom,
Fantastic action photo! You've captured the saga of survival and maintained all the technical aspects of this great photo; focus, exposure, comp, and color. Thanks for sharing!

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-10-12 15:48]

Excellent action shot Tom, the dust adds so much to the picture, it gives a very high effect of motion. Very well done!


A great action picture. Perfect timing. Well done tom.

Dear Tom,
Extraordinary! Immense dynamism and action, stunning shot, very sharp with trailing dust behind the beasts.

Real live "ACTION", Tom.
Loved your notes.
Mario from Canada.

what a mess, great capture, TFS Ori

What a dynamic image! This is a stunning image of the highest quality

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