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Black-backed jackal resting in shady spot

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Jackal resting in the shade Caption: Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) relaxing in a shady spot during heat of the day, 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/14; Shutter Speed: 1/200 with fill-in flash; ISO: 400.

Location: The jackal picture above was taken during mid-morning in Mashatu Game Reserve in the Tuli Block area of Botswana. Although it was the start of winter (May) it's still hot in this part of the world once the sun's up, so the jackal was making the most of the shade from a nearby bush.

The rest of the scene was in bright sunshine, so I added a touch of fill-in flash to reduce contrast between the shadows and sunlight.

Mashatu Game Reserve is a private wildlife reserve situated in the remote eastern corner of Botswana. The area is growing in popularity as a safari destination thanks to excellent wildlife viewing and its proximity to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Large herds of elephants can usually be seen, together with predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena that follow the wildebeest and herds of impala eland.

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