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Black-backed Jackal

Black-backed Jackal
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Tamron 28mm-300mm, Digital ISO 800, 62mm B+W Skylight KR1,5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Foxes, Maned wolves, & Jackals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-27 13:24
Viewed: 4241
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
Species: C. mesomelas
Binomial name: Canis mesomelas(Schreber, 1775)


The Black-backed jackal is an African canine with a fox-like appearance, tan fur, and a thick stripe of black and silver running down its back. They weigh anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds and are 15 to 30 centimeters at the shoulder. Males are usually larger than females.


Black-backed Jackals usually live together in pairs that last for life, but often hunt in packs to catch larger prey such as impala and antelope.They are very territorial; each pair dominates a permanent territory. They are mainly nocturnal, but Black-backed Jackals come out in the day occasionally. Their predators include leopards, wolves, and humans. Jackals sometimes killed for their furs, or because they are considered predators of livestock.


These jackals adapt their diets to the available food sources in their habitat. They often scavenge, but they are also successful hunters. Their omnivorous diet includes, among other things: impala, antelopes, fur seal cubs, gazelle, guinea fowl, insects, rodents, hares, lizards, snakes, fruits and berries, domestic animals such as sheep and goats, and carrion.


Black-backed Jackals have a 2-month gestation period. Each litter consists of 3-6 pups, each of which weigh 200-250 grams. At 8 months pups are old enough to leave their parents and establish territories of their own.


Black-backed Jackals occur in a wide variety of African habitats, such as open woodlands, scrubland, savanna, and bush. They can easily adapt to different habitats. They are quite common throughout their range, and have a low risk of endangerment.


This picture has been taken at the Zoo in Amersfoort
all animals are behind glas

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-27 13:33]

Deze zit er mooi bij met z'n staart om z'n pootjes. Jammer dat de oren naar achter staan. Prachtig scherp en goede compositie.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-27 13:35]

mooie foto Thijs,
goede sfeer, mooie kleurem, prachtige pose, zeer fraai fotowerk.
gr. jaap

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-27 14:16]

Hallo Thijs , Prachtige foto , mooie kleuren pose ,hij houdt je in de gaten aan zijn oren te zien hij is op zijn hoede , goed gedaan ,Groeten Teunie , en een goed 2007 .

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-27 17:16]

Nice image Thijs with excellent point of view.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, color, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I like it: sharpness and PP.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

Another interesting post for your portfolio.
My best wishes for the 2007... Ricardo

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-29 1:18]

Wow, Thijs. What an interesting jackal.
I have never seen one like that before.
Sharp details and well saturated colors.
Great POV with a cute pose. ; )
He seems to be sitting there so properly to have his picture taken.
TFS. : )

Hello Thijs,
This is the first time I see this specie and I think that this is a beautiful animal. I like the details you caught in a nice POV and composition. I like the way his ears are positioned. This is a very interesting post; thanks! Happy New Year to you!

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