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Black Backed Jackal

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:39 pm

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Yesterday started quite misty at Addo and when I arrived at the South Game area Gate the guard told me that the lions were all around his hut pre dawn. Sure enough they were grunting in the thick mist close by. I set off down the hill hoping to see them in the road but got quite a nice sighting of a Caracal instead. before it slunk into the thick bush. I came across A jackal sitting in the middle of the road about a Km further as the mist was lifting..took a couple of pics of him just after he gave an impressive isplay of howling at the sky while sitting upright. However later on when the sun came out a jackal (normally very shy in E Cape) was trotting towards me on the road. I switched off and got the camera ready half expecting him to veer sharply into the bush. He came alongside and gave me a chance at his portrait.

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:15 am

What a great way to start the sightings off Peter, just hope the day continued along the same lines.

Super pic. :D
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:39 am

During a recent lion study it was found that there seemed to be more jackals in the northern regions of the Park then the south.

I haven't seen a jackal in Kruger now for close to 10 trips.
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Unread postby Elsa » Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:33 pm

We were lucky enough to have two sightings of the BBJ last year, the first at the Renosterkoppies Dam in Feb. and the second was on the H4-2 not far from Croc Bridge and he was trotting round the fringes of a Lion kill hoping to be able to get a morsel. :D
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:25 pm

I haven't seen them once in KNP...

There seems to be a lot of them in the Satara & Orpen areas because they are regular visitors to the Webcam.

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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:29 pm

Also near Orpen, on the road heading for Maroela and Tamboti:
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Unread postby Impisi08 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:08 pm

The area around Maroela is imo the best part of the park to see the black backed jackals. For me the jackals are the main reason to stay at Maroela.


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Unread postby Nico » Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:28 pm

Beautiful pics Impisi08 :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:20 pm

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Unread postby saraf » Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:50 pm

Early morning near Lower Sabie, Feb 2005. One of 4 we saw on that trip.

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Unread postby restio » Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:55 pm

We saw lots of black-backed jackal in KTP in October - I would estimate at least 15 a day. They've had three years of good rains in row, and there has been an rodent population explosion. So food is plentiful for these clever hunters. They are always entertaining to watch.

A jackal trotting:
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And another one slinking:
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Jackals greeting by touching noses:
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Jackals feeling less friendly towards each other:
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Unread postby Boulder » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:46 pm

Black Backed Jackal are common throughout E Cape. This one is from Addo
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Unread postby Boulder » Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:07 pm

Scratch me just there!!

Taken this morning Addo....overcast lovely light with no shadows..glad I went

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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:14 pm

Also near Orpen on the Tamboti road!
(Although before Tamboti existed, I think...)

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Unread postby mountainview » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:57 am

restio wrote:ImageImage


restio, I think you have a Side Stripped Jackal here. In your first pic, you can see the two lines on the Black Backed are "black" whereas the same stripes on the Side Stripped are "white." Unfortunately you cannot see the white tip to the tail [but you cannot see a black tip either].
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