Photograph by

Willem Kruger ARPS (South Africa)

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Cubitje Quap water hole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa - a semi-arid nature reserve.

In the dry season when there is no other water source except the artificial water holes, hundreds of doves and sand grouses come to drink water early in the morning. The jackals will be lying up to 30 metres away from the water hole and they will charge at the flock, jumping to catch them in the chaos of their escape. This jackal just caught the tail feathers of the sand grouse. (Nikon D3s camera, Nikkor 600mm f4 lens)