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Black-Backed Jackal

Black-Backed Jackal
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-30 9:17
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Black-Backed Jackal / Canis mesomelas

In all the years that we visited the Kruger National Park as part of our annual holiday, I have never had the opportunity to see as many jackals than I have seen in the Addo Elephant National Park in the 3 days that we where there. Capturing them was such a pleasure and an additional bonus the fact that the environment was lush, green and filled with an abundance of beautiful flowers in all colours and sizes. A few months before our visit the most of the Cape Province had good rains.

The black-backed jackal is marginally smaller than the side-striped jackal. The Afrikaans name rooijakkals (red jackal) is very descriptive, particularly in winter, as the animals develop a rich reddish colour to their flanks and sides, usually darker on their flanks and on top of the muzzle. Males attain a height of 400mm at the shoulder, and weighs up to 10kg. The erect and pointed ears are a prominent feature. The fur consists of long, dark hair on top of the neck and back.

The black-backed jackal is a problem animal which is relentlessly hunted by farmers and 'problem animal hunting units' with packs of dogs. Unfortunately these dogs also attack the inoffensive side-striped jackal, the bat-eared fox and the aardwolf, tearing them to pieces. It is not difficult to understand the farmer's attitude when confronted with their stock depredation, but it may be short-sighted to indiscriminately destroy these animals as they have a distinct place in keeping a balance in nature. Their indiscriminate destruction has, in some places, resulted in the proliferation of their small prey such as the mongoose, which in turn feeds upon the eggs of the burrow-nesting South African shelduck. Consequently this is seriously diminishing the occurrence of this attractive arid-country bird.

They have wide habitat tolerance, favouring drier bushveld and savannah grassland types, but not forests. Mainly diurnal, they may also be active at night. Their preferred shelters are disused antbear holes and crevices in piles of boulders, favouring these more substantial places to simple thick underbrush. Predators are mainly lion, leopard and large birds of prey. They will defend themselves savagely when attacked.

Socially monogamous, a pair of jackals bond for life. The young initially use their parent's territory to gain survival experience and also to assist in raising more recent litters. Later in life they undertake wide ranging excursions until they find their own mates and territories. Black-backed jackals have a well-developed communication system. Vixens give birth to up to 10, usually 4-6, altricial pups using antbear burrows and other holes, after a gestation period of ±64 days.

They actively hunt smaller prey such as small antelope and the very young of larger antelope as well as hares, mongooses, springhaas and a large variety of rodents. They will take young sheep and goats, a wide variety of snakes, lizards, insects (mainly crickets), beetles and grasshoppers, as well as other invertebrates such as spiders and scorpions. Vegetable matter is also eaten. They are renowned carrion scavengers.

Taken from: Southern Africa's Mammals, a Field Guide by Robin Frandsen.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hello Anna,
A neighbour called Ana and a neighbour called Anna and a wife called Anja, this must be a very fortunate day:-)))
Fantastic photo of this Black-backed Jackal in a splendid environment. High qaulity in all aspect. The eye contact is impressive.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-30 9:35]

Hi Anna.
What a sweet picture. Captured model is simply charming as well as fantastic surroundings. It is almost impossible to imagine that shot is taking in a wild. Bravo. Eye-contact, pose of the animal, details and colours are exceptional. Warm greetings and TFS.

Hi Anna,
very interesting portrait. Excellent point of view. Great composition. Nice natural colours.
Have a nice evening,

Hello Anna,
Very interesting capture of a wonderful animal.
Nice colors, details and perfect exposure as usual.
Exceptional clarity and sharpness.
I love this perfect POV.
Thanks for sharing!

Really a very beautiful photo. Wonderful setting for the jackal, good pose and eye contact. Excellent detail. regards yiannis

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-10-30 10:25]

Beautiful pic showing this cute animal. Lovely Bg in flowers.Nice contact eyes.
Well done, Anna Eksteen!
Nice week!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-10-30 10:37]

Hallo Anna,
Superb work ..
Perfect shot. Bright colours, exact sharpness, colours and composition are fantastic.
Best wishes,

Good day dear Anna,
It seems you lived one of those special moments which is difficult to forget facing a cautious and silent like a shadow creature. Lucky you..and let me say ...what a spectacular shot and despite some minor critiques I think you did a great job with your camera> Great eye contact, great background and clarity. The only think which can be corrected in my opinion is: reducing the contrast slightly, removing the blue/violet cast which is in a result of not perfectly tuned white balance, brightening the shadows and reducing the saturation of the greens and the yellows. In my workshop I am presenting you an alternative image which reflects those points! Great shot dear Anna!
george veltchev

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2011-10-30 11:07]

Hi Anna.
Firstly thank you for the comments on my Robin the first in a very long time. Life seems to have been so busy.
I see you are still writing some interesting notes to go with your pictures.
I must say this is a fine looking animal your picture shows it off so well. The eyes looking straight at you. With very good detail in the fur. Well taken and thanks for sharing this .

Regards Nick..

Hi Anna,
This is a superb shot!
Perfect exposure, excellent lighting,
very good colours and details,
great POV and DOF.

Ciao Anna, great capture of lovely creature, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

OH ANNA I LOVE THIS!!!!! so so precious

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on a fabulous image! You caught the Eastern Cape in great shape after the wonderful rains and spring overall is a wonderful experience. I have been away without internet connectivity but also in the Eastern Cape - just work and no time for photography - so it is great to be back and to have opened this beautiful picture first. Well done.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-30 12:57]

This image is fantastic, Anna!
Great sharpness, detail and light. Splendid colours. Wonderful eye contact. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Anna
Il est magnifique ce renard.
Bravo pur la prise de vue très réussie

Ciao Anna. Great capture for the expressive Jackal in the middle of the floreal enrvironment. Impresive sharp and details.


Hello Anna friend!
Wow!... I'm just baking to TN today and I can see you're doing great things!.... WOW!
A photo impressive, eloquent and very natural! ... This jackal looks beautiful in the midst of those yellow flowers! ... Perfectly managed light level, correct proportion in the picture cut!
Congratualtions!... I Like a lot this!!!!

Nice shot of the jackal among the bright flowers. Good colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-30 23:21]

Bonjour Anna,
Magnifique de couleurs, de netteté, de lumière.
Une très belle image

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-31 2:41]

Hello Anna,
You were lucky to have this interesting and colorful surrounding, it makes this picture so special. I also like the central presentation, all our attention goes to the the Jackal and its very wild look and its glance without concessions! Really well seen.
Kind regards

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-10-31 2:42]

Bonjour Anna, outstanding shot....with a lot of flowers arround and in the center le main subject, magestic subject....Congratulation, best regards, Didier.

Hello Anna,
fine capture of this jackal with a great eye contact and beautifully framed with some yellow flowers. A lucky shot with a fabulous result. My compliments.
Best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-10-31 5:59]

Hello Anna,
What a brilliant view of this fine Jackal looking straight at you! Excellent focus on the eyes and the big ears, great sharpness too and I love the colours of its coat. The flowers in the background are very beautiful too! Well done!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-31 10:01]

Hello anna,¨
A very attractive capture of this jackal in your springtime.
The composition among the flowers is great and the Jackal is seen with excellent sharpness, natural colours and contrast from a pleasing POV among the blooming greenery.
This nice toview1
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Anna,
And just when I thought that you have forgotten about me? What a great composition. Beautiful details of the Jackal enhanced with a splendid BG.
I live in a "Lightning belt" And this time of the year thunder storms are more often than wanted, so communication could be a problem for me.

ciao Anne
beautiful expression of this jackal! great shot, I really like your photo

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-31 20:26]

Hello Anna,
You could not have done a better job of capturing this little fellows image then this. The entire frame is completely filled with fine detail and vivid yet natural coloration. This beautiful canine has such an attractively marked coat and a cute, yet curious looking face.
It actually reminds me somewhat of our Gray Fox here in Ohio. I imagine you were thrilled to death to get the opportunity to have such a gorgeous animal in your photo collection. Well done!!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-01 2:31]

Hello Anna,
this is splendid and superb view. Well captured, well shown and very well composed. The eye contact is amazing.The yellow flowers really add element of arts to your composition.
what a satisfying scene for me and must be a real satisfaction to you.


Hello Anne,
A very nice picture of this black-backed jackal, lovely eye-contact, beautiful surrounding, excellent clarity sharpness and beautiful natural colours, a lovely nature picture, very well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Beautiful photo Anna! The POV and the composition are excellent. The lighting is wonderful and the sharpness is impressive. Interesting animal and fantastic vegetation in the BG.

Hello Anna my friend,
WOW!!!! What an absolutely fantastic image my friend. The Jackal standing amongst all the beautiful flowers is just stunning. I'm looking forward to all your photos and thank you for the ones you send us with the holiday notes. I'm just enjoying visiting all the places with you, I'm truly enjoying the trip.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-03 21:11]

Hi Anna,
very nice portrait of a beautiful Jackal.Nice colours, composition and sharpness details.
Excellent the eye's contact.
Regards Jiri.

Precioso retrato con un fondo inmejorable. Buena luz y excelente enfoque.
Un gran trabajo Anna.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Bonjour Anna,
Très belle attitude du sujet avec un splendide et envoûtant regard magnifiquement restitué.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Anna

The Black-Backed Jackal is very beautiful wild animal,
beautiful close-up photo with a very fine frontal POV
that gives this lovely glance from the animal,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Anna-Beautiful!Well captured this Black-backed Jackal.Nice and perfect colour.I have captured also this species in Orpen.Nice to see it.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

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