“Skirmish” Jackal Fight | Drakensberg Mountains Wildlife

Jackal Fight Skirmish Wildlife Photo Drakensberg Mountains

“Skirmish” – Two Black-backed Jackals have a quarrel over food scraps at Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa.
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One of my blog followers recently requested me to re-post this image from back in 2009. It was a good reminder to me how this one had slipped into the deep dark and murky depths of my catalog, so here it is revived for you. While Drakensberg is a favored destination for Landscape Photography it is also a prized destination for Wildlife Photography.

I spent this weekend in Giants Castle in the Drakensberg Mountains in the Okhahlamba District of Kwazulu Natal, with two fellow photographers and it was a crazy weekend of Wildlife Photography to say the least. Nature did not fail to keep knocking out all the stops for us and this photo was just one such crazy photographic opportunity we were treated to.

The Drakensberg mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage site in South Africa. Referred to by the Zulus as uKhahlamba, The Barrier of Spears, it is host to soaring cliffs, endless pinnacles and the world’s second highest waterfall, Tugela.

On this afternoon a group of Black-backed Jackal had come up to the rock ledge at Giants Castle to steal bones and meat scraps left for the vultures. These two Jackal suddenly burst into a quarrel over the food scraps and luckily my lens was facing the right direction to capture the Skirmish. To say it happened in a flash would be an understatement. It brings back very fond memories seeing this photo again after it has been hidden for so long now.

I hope you enjoy it and I hope you all have a truly wonderful weekend 😉


  1. WOW, this is spectacular.

  2. Thank you very much Jason

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