Day #23: It’s the Matter of Waiting

Best Nature and Bird Photos. Jackal Yawning in early morning light in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. Nature, Wildlife, Bird, and Landscape Photography by Prathap.The Photo

A Jackal relaxing during early morning hours in Keoladeo National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India.

Story Behind the Photo

Jackals are one of the main attractions in Keoladeo National Park. They are usually found within a kilometre from the entrance of the park.  This jackal was relaxing in the early morning light under a tree.

Jackals are bit difficult to photograph as they run away at a glimpse of human presence. I had to hide behind the bush to setup my tripod before moving to an open area to get a clear pose of the jackal. It pays to always keep an eye on the animal when you want to move around. I moved to the open area slowly and steadily when I was sure that the jackal was not paying attention to the surrounding and that happens only for few seconds at the most.

After setting up the tripod it was matter of waiting and composing the shot. Jackal decided to pose for me too 🙂

Quick Tip

When you spot an animal, try not to move swiftly. Stop and take your time to setup everything behind a hide. Once you are comfortable, move to a spot where you get a clear view keeping in mind not to disturb the animal.

Technical Information

Body:  Nikon D750

Lens:  AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR

Focal Length:  600mm

Aperture (f-stop):  f/4

Shutter Speed:  1/500 sec

ISO Sensitivity:  ISO-400

Exposure Compensation: 0 step

Metering ModePattern

Shooting ModeAperture Priority

Facts from Wiki

The jackal is a small carnivorous mammal of the genus Canis, which also includes the wolf, dog, and coyote. While the word “jackal” has historically been used for many small canids, in modern use it most commonly refers to three species: the closely related black-backed jackal and side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of northern Africa and south-central Eurasia.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Photo Story. Have a Great Day Ahead!

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2 Responses to Day #23: It’s the Matter of Waiting

  1. Avinash Kubal April 26, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Dear Mr Prathap,
    Nice framing a shot,
    As you have mentioned it correctly, Jackals always remain alert for any human presence and unless they become fully assured of their safety, they vanish within few moments.
    Patience always help with such animals,
    Regards

    • Prathap April 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      Thank you Avinash. You are absolutely right about them. After that day, I never got them to photograph in such proximity. The moment we stopped the cycle-rickshaw they would already be way too far!

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