Jackals, being nocturnal in their habits, do not appear in the day light open too often, so this early morning sighting was a pleasant surprise, but probably too distant for anything other than a record shot. This Side-striped Jackal (Canis adustus) was spotted, with its mate (they are monogamous territorial animals) in the Mana Pools area. This species is endemic to most of Zimbabwe and was once considered a pest, being persecuted for their role in rabies transmission. The Jackal is omnivorous and when hunting prefer to stalk and pounce on prey, rather than chase it down.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least Concerned – Source IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/2000 sec; f/6.7; ISO 320; 400mm)
Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
The World of Lenses
Close-up or Macro Lenses are used for photography in which the subject’s image on the focal plane is usually the same size or larger than the actual subject. Macro lenses allow the photographer to focus on subjects just a few millimeters from the lens (short focal distance). Although not common, bellows between the lens and camera body can achieve the same effect as a specialised macro lens (in fact they may sometime be used in combination). Extender tubes (which increase magnification) and reversing ring are other tools of macro photography (some call photomicrography).
“I believe that photographs should be simple technically, and easy to look at. They shouldn’t be directed at other photographers; their point is to make ordinary people react – to laugh, or to see something they hadn’t taken in before, or to be touched. But not to wince, I think. One of the most glib things that anybody can do with a camera is to be cutting or sardonic.”
– Lord Snowdon