O.K. so I’ve posted a few in focus ‘good ‘ shots but need you to really excuse these next ones.
First off let me explain the scenario. I’m driving along, daydreaming, enjoying the heat and the very bumpy road, when far ahead I see a jackal on the road jumping around excitedly and trying to attack something.
I grab my camera with long lens attached and point it in that general direction through the not very clean windscreen, all the while trying to hold it with one hand, drive with the other and hoping not to scare the Jackal away.
Like I said, excuse the photographs!
The Jackal is attacking a very large and angry Puff Adder and as I approach it picks its prey up and runs with it, risking a fatal bite.. I slow down and let things follow there natural course but I can tell by now that although the Puff Adder is very much still alive it is on it’s last legs (so to speak) and the Jackal is trying desperately to carry it off away from me. It drops the snake briefly and I pull up along side to get one clear shot.
Soon it grabs the hapless victim (by its lower jaw!
) and heads off behind a tree where I watch in amazement as it eats the head, crunching bones and risking a quick prick from the deadly fangs, and then after eating only a few more mouthfuls, it looses interest and wanders off on its merry way back along the riverbed.
I would be very interested to hear comments from anyone else regarding this behaviour as I find it surprising that a jackal, that was obviously not particularly hungry, would take on such dangerous prey. Of course there is the possibility that the snake had already been injured by a car, but the photos seem to indicate that certainly the top 2/3rds of the Puff Adder where in good condition, and I imagine that the snake was still capable of a deadly bite.
Only this once I've used 5 images to tell the story. Believe these are hopefully small files.