Not exactly day of the Jackal – Daily Mail UK feature


They may look like rabid foxes, but these jackals seem to have missed out on their cousins’ cunning. Although a whole flock of tasty sand grouse are gathered drinking around a waterhole, the determined duo are incapable of chasing down a single one. No matter how hard they hop and they pounce, the nimble birds always manage to stay just out of reach.


A spirited attempt: Sand grouse take flight as this jackal tries to catch one for dinner


Evasive action: This bird makes a nifty manoeuvre to avoid the jackals snapping jaws


So close! And yet so far.


The picture of concentration: But these two jackals just cannot get their paws on supper


Too quick for you: The sand grouse beats the air with its wings as it avoids the snapping jaws of this jackal

Corlette Wessels photographed the sidestriped jackals on the prowl around waterholes in the Kgalagadi Park, which straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana.?The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert. Its name, which means ‘place of thirst’ in the Bantu language, is an appropriate description for its expanse of sand dunes, dry riverbeds and sparse vegetation.


Get in my mouth: A jackal bounds through the water of a desert oasis as he tries to chase down a bird or two


Ooof: He pays the price for his enthusiasm when he lands face first in the sand


Birds, birds everywhere and not a bite to eat


Lightning sharp reflexes: A close call for a bird as it narrowly escapes being eaten by a jackal


Beautiful: A side-striped jackal trots along the red sand and sparse vegetation of Kgalagadi Park


‘Place of thirst’: The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert


Ms Wessels, 41, who is from South Africa, said: ‘Just sitting and watching these animals was not only awesome but, at times, hilarious.?I had so many laughs when they missed and landed face first either in the sand or the water. It all happened so quickly in real time that I enjoyed them so much more at looking back at the pictures in slow motion.’

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