The Golden Jackal was the target when I went back to Bulgaria early 2014. Winter had sadly been swept aside by high temperatures and that meant trouble for us. You want winter to raise the chance of getting the Golden Jackals in front of the hide.
Photos from the Golden Jackal workshop in Bulgaria
I did a 4 day Golden Jackal workshop in February 2014. In this Photo Album you will find some of the pictures I took during the days in Bulgaria. The workshop was held in the Haskovo province, situated at the northern foot of the Sakar Mountain.
The main target for this trip was to get pictures of the Golden Jackal. Not the easiest thing to get, but the group I travelled with all got decent pictures of this shy animal. We used two different 3-man hides at two separate locations. Unfortunately just one of the hides turned out to be productive. I must admit that I had doubts about the success rate before the trip due to the weather.
The winter that went
The temperature was much higher than it normally is in Bulgaria during February. The nice warm weather, the snow had melted the week before, isn´t idle if you want to take photos of a shy animal as the Golden Jackal. Still we managed and had the Golden Jackal in front of one of the hides at least for a short period each day.
The warm weather also made life tough as we often had fog in the morning and mist during the day. None of these weather conditions are good when you want good pictures of animals. So often you thought you had taken a series of good picture, but when you looked at them afterwards you saw that there weren´t any sharpness in the picture.
Over all I would say that we were lucky even if the weather made life hard for us. Snow and temperatures below zero was what I had hoped for, but instead we had spring and during our four days in Bulgaria we could see how the cherry started to blossom.
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The Zambezi River 2017
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