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Lucky Ring-necked Dove

Lucky Ring-necked Dove
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-31 11:04
Viewed: 3469
Points: 20
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Lucky Ring-necked Dove 1.

I want to post a real wildlife scene (which consists of five photographs) I witnessed at the Chudop water hole in Etosha National Park. Technically it is far from perfect but I think well worth sharing an experience in nature. It was taken at 07:50 AM from a distance of 98.3 meters across the waterhole and in fairly bad light conditions.

One morning I saw this Jackal circling the waterhole while literally hundreds of Ring-necked doves were drinking water. When he saw that a Dove is occupied quenching it’s thirst, he would stop, crouch and go for the prey. On occasions he was lucky and sometimes he came up short and that is why I call this five uploads “Lucky Ring-necked Dove”.

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Hallo Carl
A great story!
A great image - technically not perfect but great because of the experience you share.
I like it very much, that is of course the story as well as the photograph. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-03-31 11:39]

Hello Carl,
OK!!....Now you have captured my attention and interest as well. Can't wait to see the other four images. I will definitely be checking back daily!! TFS.

Hi Carl
Great shot showing well the hunting behavior
Probably the focus is just behind the Jackal (the animal, not the photographer ;-)))
Looking forward for the other pictures, I really can feel the scene

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-31 13:57]

Hi Carl,the quality isn't the best as you wrote but this isn't important in front at this fantastic scene! Great timing to take that and very interesting moment,it's nice to see something to different on TN,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Carl,
What a great image despite anticipating little technical Georgie's requirement that it must have been taken at 98.1 metres and half a stop either way .... or something like that. I apologise for using your work with polishing his marble for him but I am sure he would wholeheartedly, and in full characteristic immature arrogance, agree. But back to your image here: I fully agree with the positive critiques above, including, with a smile, Tom's tongue-in-cheek reference to "... the animal, not the photographer ..." I also look forward to the rest of the sequel. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Best wishes


Hello Carl

As you wrote « Technically it is far from perfect »
but you captured a great moment of the Jackal's
hunting behavior, a dead and life situation from
the world of animals, one question for you Carl,
do you also did a cropping to the photo ? not having
telephoto lens at almost every of my photos
I give cropping but sometimes when I see that
I am loosing on image quality I prefer to give
a small cropping than a heavy cropping, TFS


excellent wildlife image. good angle and presentation. tfs.

Hello Carl
Great moment You captured.The sharpness is not the best but doesn't matter.Congrats!Thank You.
Have a good week!
Best regards

Hello Carl

Looking at it another way, maybe sometime the magic is not in the detail but in conveying the moment and the mood. Your really long range grab and the haziness actually manages to convey the uncertainty of this dramatic moment, the tension in the environment rather well..What worth a perfect picture if it dilutes the mood and actually diverts attention from this typical Jackal crouch and innocence of the dove..


Bonjour Carl,
Très belle scène de la vie sauvage capturée dans de difficiles conditions.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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