Monday, July 4, 2011

Black-Backed Jackal

Warning: The second picture may be disturbing to sensitive viewers

One of the smaller animals to look out for on a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park is the Black-Backed Jackal.  Named for the "mantle" of black flecked with white stretching from the back of his neck to his tail, the jackal is active both during the day and at night.  Their "nyaaaa-aa-aa-aa" call is probably one of the most distinctive bush sounds in Africa.  This individual came trotting through the veld and paused...

... before making his way over to a kudu carcass (lion kill perhaps) lying a little way off the road.


  1. Nice capture! Carnage should be a good place to hang by for many predators.

  2. Good lst photo! (Having just done J's workshop, it's well composed :) !
    Interesting fungi in previous photo and the food at that hotel looks scrumptious !!!!