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Lucky Ring-necked Dove 5

Lucky Ring-necked Dove 5
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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, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-23 10:29
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Points: 18
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Please read the bottom remark!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucky Ring-necked Dove 5.

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.

Number 1.
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 these five uploads “Lucky Ring-necked Dove”.

Number 2.
When the Dove noticed the Jackal, the jackal lunged forward towards its intended prey, again before I could focus on him or the Dove.

Number 3.
The Jackal caught its prey by the tail feathers as the Dove tried to take off.

Number 4.
The Dove straining forward in its bid to escape loses half its tail feathers as the Jackal hits the water with a splash.

Number 5.
Lastly I want to again apologise for the poor quality of the photos but I just wanted to bring wild life “reality” to the viewers of this series and nature in itself. After looking at this photo series I came to the conclusion that we as humans, as we call ourselves, are extremely lucky!! If we feel hungry, we tend to visit a “fast food” drive thru where we can pick up a snack (did not want to mention names of enterprises) and we are off. This Jackal has to go through this routine day after day except if an opportunity of scavenging a meal at a Lion kill, Cheetah kill or dead animal present itself, AND, at great risk of injury / danger to itself, to provide a meal to its brood and mate.
What would have your last words have been in this event????? I think the Jackal said to himself, wet and tired, (its closed eye said it!!) . . . DAMN, . . I missed again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I was a human!

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

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Hi Carl,
interesting series. Interesting note. Nice composition. Very good presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-04-24 0:10]

Very interesting image of action in nature. tfs.

Extraordinary moments indeed dear Carl, and I really would love to see the next chapter ! Well done!
George Veltchev

Hello Carl,
A top quality image with superb colors. Amazing details and splendid natural colors of this rare scene. Very good WB and perfect POV. Incredible sharp details and lovely clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-25 5:21]

Hello Carl,
The end of the story and a Jackal which has just a feather left for his meal :-).
Very vivid and interesting animal story, I like this kind of postings.
Kind regards

Hello Carl

If the eye of the Jackal would be wide open
like in the previous photo, this would be
your best photo of this series of 5 shots,
here the sharpness of both subjects are excellent,
with fine POV and a beautiful lateral light, TFS


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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-04-30 11:54]

Dear Carl
this is splendid
thanks for sharing this magical moment

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-05-02 15:42]

Hello Carl,

First of all I'm very impression some of the live action shots in your gallery and way of the wild. The way nature is out there. In this case particularly in South Africa. Which I nave not yet been but I have been to Kenya and Tanzania and have seen some very wild stuff. So I can really appreciate the moments you captured on photographs. This series is wonderful that tell the tale of hunter and the huntee and tale of survival...Photo quality is not important in many case but here they are just fine.


Hello Carl,
Outstanding photograph of Lucky Ring-necked Dove 5, outstanding sharpness and details, excellent composition, good background and lighting. Thank you for sharing these wonderful images of wildlife.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-07 16:53]

Hello Carl,
What an impressive series of photos you have posted. Your images reminds me of a cartoon we had as a kid where a Coyote was always trying to capture a Roadrunner, but never managed to get it. Very interesting and educational series of images!!!

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