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Ways of the Wild

Ways of the Wild
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 300 f/4L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-09 10:05
Viewed: 3864
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken in Etosha National Park, Namibia December 1012. I was taking my early morning drive alone on the “Twee Palms” drive hoping to catch the Rhinos having a mud bath. Instead I came upon a large dead Zebra mare next to the road. The road was as such that I could a drive around the Zebra and could not find any fresh wounds as to the reason of her death. I came to the conclusion that her death might have been of old age judging her size. At that point there were no scavengers, just the dead Zebra. At about 10:00 AM I returned to the location and found these two Jackal feasting on the Zebra and fighting off the fast increasing number of four different species of Vultures and the ever present Marabou Stork (not in the photo). This was the second last shot before the Vultures gained the upper-hand and swarmed over the carcass of the Zebra. I took in the region of 90 exposures of this scene.

Scavengers - Jackal

Although the word Jackal has often been used historically to refer to many small- to medium-sized species of the wolf genus of mammals, Canis, today it most properly and commonly refers to three species: the black-backed jackal and the side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of northern Africa and south-central Eurasia. The black-backed and side-striped jackals are more closely related to each other than they are to the golden jackal, which is closer to wolves, dogs, and coyotes.
Jackals and coyotes (sometimes called the "American jackal"[1]) are opportunistic omnivores, predators of small- to medium-sized animals and proficient scavengers. Their long legs and curved canine teeth are adapted for hunting small mammals, birds, and reptiles, and their large feet and fused leg bones give them a physique well-suited for long-distance running, capable of maintaining speeds of 16 km/h (9.9 mph) for extended periods of time. Jackals are crepuscular, most active at dawn and dusk.

Information Source: Wikipedia

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Baaah, what a scenery Carl
I think I will buy a plane ticket tomorrow
this is real Africa and the compo just perfect
for sensitive people the anus might be a bit intrusive in the image LOL
Absolutely great

Hello Carl,
I think the images that you have been producing lately ought to have much wider exposure, such as in wildlife and nature magazines, etc. This one, in particular, is very unusual and of a kind not often seen at all. It is not just an image of a beautiful animal ... there is action and activity and that makes a big difference. Having said that, I just wonder whether an f-stop of 11, or smaller even, and a shutter speed of 1/250, or slower even, were not attainable as I think you probably used camera support and it would have given you much more dof, rendering the vultures in sharp focus too. But truly fabulous as is!! Well done!!!

Hello Carl,
Very impressive shot! this is a scene of real life, as opposed to the romantic vision of Africa that we often see (and I like to practice!). You had the ideal point of view and we really have the feeling of living the scene. A very strong image!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-09 15:17]

Hi Carl,a dramatic scenery and a great scoop to take,this is the cycle of life and it's nice to see what happen's in the nature world,great and interesting capture,i like the lof of ienas and vultures,this is a big dinner to all.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl

A little bit hard to view but your title of
« Ways of the Wild » it is very appropriate of
the life of animals in the wild, with fine POV,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-09 19:18]

Hello Carl,
What an awesome image showing the cycle of life as it is carried out every day of the year. Outstanding clarity showing much detail. Colors are true and natural and composition is perfect. Your Jackals remind me a lot of our Coyotes here in the States. Great job!!

Hello Carl,
Life itself. Nature, organize the food chain in your world. Interesting photo.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-02-09 23:59]

excellent wildlife image of jackels and other carnivorous species. good angle and lighting. tfs this wonderful image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-10 1:20]

Hallo Carl,
Wat een spektakel! Ik zou hier de hele dag kunnen blijven kijken om te zien wat er allemaal langs kwam. Alleen al de onderlinge strijd tussen de gieren is prachtig om te zien en te fotograferen. Misschien heb je nog meer foto's om te posten. Vast wel, van de 90 zijn er nog wel meer de moeite waard, denk ik.
Een scene om nooit meer te vergeten.

hallo Carl
Super mooie opname met veel details te zien
mooi moment om tegen te komen,hier komen veel dieren op af
groet lou

Hallo Carl
Now this is true nature and just how it is supposed to be. Unfortunately we find people that are not happy with images like these as they consider it cruel and of sensitive nature, but that is how life are lived in the wild. This is a super image and not something we see often. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Amazing scene Carl! Impressive photo with wonderful lighting and very good sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-13 7:00]

Hello Carl,
A fine capture of this gruesome feast!
The low POV is great with the jackals well in focus and the slightly OOF waiting vultures completing the scene in a pleasing composition.
Well done MF! This is a shot I would love to have taken.
Best regards,

Hello Carl
Great capture of this group on a daily life situation.Lucky You to have it close to the road.Wonderful natural colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Hi Boet,
Another one of your stunning photo's! and what a sighting! You sure had a fantastic time in Etosha. This is what Africa is all about and you've shown it to as Africa is. Only the fittest survive. I agree with Neels your photos should have a much wider exposure. Fantastic!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-02-13 11:28]

Hello Carl!
A super documentary photo!Nice details and excelent sharpenss.
Bravo and many thanks for sharing.Thanks also for visiting my gallery!It was very kind of you!
best of luck!

Hi Carl, Natural Nature at its best, great opportunity and well taken,

Best Regards,


Hi Carl,
What a scenery, what a spectacular photo! Unbelievable. Perfect composition, and an excellent image to show what death is about: supporting life! Congrats for the fantastic image. Bravo!
Best regards, László

Dear Carl
A wonderful contribution to my theme "animals feeding". The action is lively: the feeding frenzy obvious. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice evening
Kind Regards

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