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16 September 2006 @ 05:14 pm
Wild Dogs  
I've always been lucky with wild dog sightings. They are endangered and not so common, but I've seen them more times than I can remember. This trip was just a little crazy - we saw wild dogs three out of four times that we went inside the jungle and that percentage is a little unbelievable. Anyway, these medium sized dogs are probably the most feared predators in the jungles. Tigers, leopards and bears all stay out of their path because these dogs hunt in packs and are very efficient in their well coordinated attacks. Fortunately, there are not many (any?) cases of them going after humans - no wonder they call dogs as the best friends of people! :)

A pack relaxing after a nice breakfast.

Drinking water after the meal.

Jumping out of the water hole. Notice the water dripping down it's tail.

The Alpha female. Always kept an eye on us and even dragged the kill away from us, so that they could eat in peace. Smart one!

Dhole in a water hole. Cooling off after the hunt.

Dholes tearing apart the carcass of a spotted deer

Pulling the carcass away from us...

Finishing up the meal.

kejnkejn on September 16th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
they're beautiful!
Margaretrivendweller on September 16th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Very nice photos. You are indeed lucky to have seen them in the wild. They are very much like wolves.
Yathinyathin on September 16th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
We get the same species of wolves in India (Canis lupus) that's found in the Americas! However, they are not found where I live, but are more common in the North Indian plains. The wild dogs are a slightly larger than coyotes but make up for their size by their social structure.
nithinmnithinm on February 1st, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
I am big wolf fan and I thought this might interest you, if it hasn't already :-)
Your work is impressive!



depontideponti on September 16th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Lovely snaps...I am glad your "wild dog luck" rubbed off on us! I am amazed at the change in my attitude to a kill; this kill was very much a part of the natural process and (perhaps since I didn't see the chital dying) I was able to observe without getting upset by a dead animal. A couple of years ago, such a scene would have made me queasy...I am used to blood, but the thought of the dead chital would have bothered me a lot.

I hope I will be around when you sight your first leopard, and that you will be around when I sight my first south Indian tiger....hope!
sainath on September 16th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
> I hope I will be around when you sight your first leopard

me too me too ... me wants to be there too :((

super pics dude !! :)
Bhavanabhavanar on September 16th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wow these snaps are really full of action! Good shots.
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on September 16th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
the wildlife is fascinating...
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depontideponti on September 17th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
cute?? cute????

After yathin and chirdeep_shetty told me that they often do not kill the prey,(unlike other animals which first break the prey's neck), but just hamstring it so that it can't run, and then proceed to eat it alive, that's the last word I would use for these predators...
ajat: Lilacs.ajat on September 16th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
WOW ! Heart-stopping stuff !


May I borrow some of the pics ? Credit deffo !
Yathinyathin on September 18th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
> May I borrow some of the pics ? Credit deffo !

Sigurrósvictory_rose on September 16th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
They are great animals - to my totally untrained eye they look a little fox-like (which incidentaly is the only natural mammal predator in Iceland :).

Goes without saying that these are great photos too. ;-)
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on September 17th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
whoa.. did you get to see the doles killing the deer?
ex_kalyan on September 18th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Great dude.. you really seem to have some luck with the wild dogs .. esp them hunting :)

(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
Awesome Pics!
oh.. i love these photos. The expressions on the faces of the dholes - the one in water and the alpha female - are stunning. Also like the picture with the dhole drinking water. Lovely!

Krishna Kumarkrishkumar on September 24th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
good photos dude. the 'dhole in a water hole' looks evil!
(Anonymous) on September 8th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
Wonderful photos
Well done for taking such marvellous photos of dholes! You must be thrilled with your success so far in photographing these shy carnivores! Keep up the good work!

(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
PIcture of Dhole feeding for school work
I really like your pictures. I would like to ask you if I could use one for my school project? My project is about endangered animals and I have chosen the Dhole as my animal to present.

/August 10 yr
Yathinyathin on March 21st, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: PIcture of Dhole feeding for school work
you're welcome to use them