By Mikey Jones
A jackal has been left hungry after his hunting techniques failed to work at a picturesque river.
Photographer, Dirk Postma, 58, took the images while visiting Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa, last month.
The waterhole – known as Qubitje Quap – is known for spotting jackals as they attempt to catch sandgrouse and doves.
But the jackal in this sequence doesn’t appear to have been so lucky in catching his prey.
The animal is seen jumping through the air baring its teeth as it tries to catch the birds, who narrowly avoid becoming lunch.
Dirk, a retired farmer from Malelane, Mpumalanga, said: “These photos were taken on my 3rd morning at the waterhole.
“The jackal take position about five metres from the edge of the water.
“He waits until there are enough sandgrouse or doves.
“He can be seen jumping, diving and almost flying in to surprise the sandgrouse or doves.
“But the doves get away quicker as they are drinking on the edge of the water, while the sandgrouse go into the water to drink and wet their feathers to take water for the chicks.
“In this series of photos he completely missed them and that’s the reason for the last photo of a dejected jackal.”