Valmai le Grange watched this jackal as it scavenged for insects on the road ahead of her. “He then suddenly hastened toward what we thought was a centipede but turned out to be an exhausted puff adder!”
Valmai le Grange took these photographs in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Her sequence was awarded second place in the fourth round of the Captured Experiences Photography competition.
Valmai says: “This was a really great experience! Not only luck… we followed the jackal for about 4km traveling at a trot. Whenever we got to close, he went off the road and then we would fall back and he would scavenge again. The adder was exhausted from apparently trying to get out of the road. Then followed the great sequence.”
The jackal was never bitten, but very unfortunately we never saw the end. He started eating the snake. Although the car was sprouting binoculars and cameras from the windows, a fellow traveller did not appreciate the fact that we were watching a mere jackal. The less considerate driver simply rushed past and left us in a cloud of dust, and the jackal with snake dived straight into the “drie-doring”!