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Canis non grata

Canis non grata
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): African Canines, Canidae, BEST OF: Foxes, Maned wolves, & Jackals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-27 8:06
Viewed: 7806
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is THE quintessinal thief, the conniving king of African folklore, the bane of the sheep farmer in SA. Wiley E Coyote is a mere novice, Reynard the Fox a charlatan; this is the unmitigated felon of the animal kingdom - the Black-backed Jackal, Canis mesomelas.

There are many stories in folklore about jackals, and in SA, he is the one who always comes up with the clever plans and old Wolf – the hyena, always comes off second best! When the Dutch landed in SA in 1652, the story of Reynard, Chanteclair? the cockerel & Bruin the Bear was already old. The prowess and cunning of the jackal was also well recorded in the African folklore, and so many stories are told about Jakkals en Wolf - Jackal and Wolf – and how the cunning Jackal always outsmarts the wolf. We have no wolves in SA, but the name came across with the first Europeans from Holland, and wolf, was used for a very long time in Afrikaans for the hyena.

In the Karoo and other small stock farming areas of SA, the “battle” against the jackal has been going on for more than 350 years, and still the farmers loose stock to these clever thieves. If we believe Darwin about the survival of the fittest & most clever, then the jackal has been honed over this period into an amazingly cunning and versatile thief. I read in a local magazine this week of a farmer in the driest part of SA who has killed 97 jackals on his farm in the past 2 years! And still they survive!

Jackals were declared vermin in the past, and farmers were paid a certain amount for each skin they could produce. The jackal is really a problem animal in the farming communities, and they kill a large number of livestock, so, this battle will continue.

But to happier venues – in our National parks, these guys are free to be who and what they are. I managed to get quite a couple of shots of various individuals, and will try to post more in the following weeks, so as not to bore you with the whole hog all at once.

Venue – KTFP, Dune Road
Date 76 December 2004
Time 08h19
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0.3 EV.
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/500 @ F11
Flash – Balanced i-TTL
Support – Handheld
Little cropping; H/S; levels; hue/ saturation; S/C; Some USM, , reduced to Site size.

Kirsten, rlortie, JeanMichel, ellis49, willie, mumek, Robbrown, Luc, jhm, red45, nwoehnl, Janice, Esox has marked this note useful
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To jhm: JakkalsCallie 1 12-28 14:55
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Hey callie,interesting note!and offcours a good shot to join it ;o)
good colours and good compo,theres some depth to,with the water.well done!

Callie, your note on that one is a perfect exemple of what a note should be in my point of view. Lot of interesting informations. It goes perfectly with your title. I like the composition and pose of the picture. Well done.

I always read your notes with delight, Callie! You have a knack for spot on titles and anecdotic comments, adding a lively content to your photos. The long focal feeling gives here the impression this shot has been stolen to... a big thief. It looks like a paparazzi shot, but the Jackal shows in his eyes that he spotted you! What an attitude, cautiously drinking, looking on the side. Superb catch, looks like a rare moment.

Great Callie.
Good composition, colours and pose.
Very good note, interesting and informative.
Excellent work.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-27 10:39]

Mooi jakkals Callie. Very nice shot of the animal in its arid surrounding. Good work

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-27 13:02]

I like your picture of the jackal.Very nice composition and colors.Your note is excellent, very informative.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-27 16:30]

Nou wonder hulle hoekom ek my seun Jakkals noem - Hy het genoeg streke om een te wees. This is not only a superb image, but the note is worthy of being posted on its own, but Rob wont like it :)

Very well done and thanks for posting.

Nice one Callie good view of this much maliened beastie , as you say if they are not shot or poisioned out of existance we will end up with some very clever ones , you just have to looka t the way he is watching you out of the corner of his eye.

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-12-27 17:53]

Very,very,very good photo.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-27 20:15]

Very interesting stories from your note, Callie.
It has really the underhand air and crafty one, this animal.
A really great post.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-12-28 2:24]
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Opnieuw een prachtig dier deze Coyote Callie, en juist op een moment dat hij komt drinken, de zon moet zeer hoog staan want de schaduw is zeer klein, mooie kleuren heeft dit dier, maar hij zal wel zijn haar verliezen, maar zijn streken niet. Begrijpt u dat Callie dit laatste?
Callie ik wens u en uw familie een voorspoedig 2005.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-28 5:05]

Excellent title and story Callie! Superb capture - everything in jackal's pose on your picture said - 'I'm a careful thief'.
Great post, congrats!

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

A great shot.

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  • Maru Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-28 7:28]

I like the pose of the jackal. Nice composition and colors and great note. Well done

Hi Callie. Beautiful shot of the jackal, with a very interesting posture and a nice compo that leaves space in the direction that he is facing. The water puddle on the dirt floor provides just the right amount of compositional interest without unduly distracting from the main subject. Again a quality wildlife photo and great notes. Happy New Year to you.

Well, he does seem lean & mean, this chap ;-))
Great capture, well lit, good POV. The shot has a bit of the "lone rider" feel about it ;-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-29 5:09]

Hi Callie, I am enjoying following your trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. I can look at this Jackal and feel so sorry for him. He's so skinny and thirsty and no doubt hungry too. Surely you are wrong... No I know you're not! It is survival of the fittest, eh?
Regards, Janice

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-12-30 5:14]

Good composition with good detail level.
I especially like the colours of this superb shot.

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-03-01 2:26]

LIEFLIK!! What a lovely shot. The shot captures the mood and setting perfectly. You can almost see what the jackal's thinking.

Great colour, composition and clarity.

Thanks for posting and adding the interesting note.

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