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Black-backed jackal at rest

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black-backed jackal at rest Caption: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) lying down, resting in the shade, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.  © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS 300D (Canon Digital Rebel); Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM; Focal Length: 400mm; Aperture: f/11; Shutter Speed: 1/200 with fill-in flash; ISO: 400.

Location: The above jackal picture was taken at 10.15am in Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block area of Botswana. The jackal was lying down, resting under a shrub, so was in shadow with the remainder of the scene in bright, mid-morning sunshine.

In a bid to reduce contrast between the shadows and sunlight, I used a small amount of fill-in flash to brighten details within the shadows.

Mashatu is a private reserve in a fairly remote area of Botswsana that offers safari visitors an interesting mix of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, plains and rocky outrops.

The wildlife is plentiful, including large herds of elephant. Predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, and jackal are attracted by the wildebeest, kudu, eland, and impala that migrate through the area.

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